Spectacle supply scheme
The Spectacle Supply Scheme (SSS) provides eligible Queensland residents with a pair of basic prescription spectacles, once every two years.
There will be a change to the guidelines of the Spectacle Supply Scheme effective from the 1st of July 2017.
From that date, access to the scheme will only be available once every two years. Access to the scheme inside the two year eligibility period will be removed, regardless of any clinical change in eyesight. This change is a consequence of the significantly increased demand from the over 65 years group of clients, corresponding to the Federal Government’s change to Medicare eye testing intervals, and in preference to a waitlist.
Access to the scheme inside the two year period for instances of loss/breakage will remain as they currently are. The clinical categories contained in the SSS application form for changes to eyesight will be removed the next time the form is reprinted.
The Scheme provides a complete set of spectacles for both adults and children, including basic frames, lens and lens treatments (if clinically justified). Clients are generally responsible for all costs associated with the purchase of any extras, if they are required through personal choice rather than clinical need. Extras include tinting, photochromatic lenses, UV protection and hard coating.
Becoming a prescriber
Optometrists and dispensers volunteer to participate with the SSS. Please contact the Spectacle Supply Scheme on 3136 3696 or 1300 443 570 if you are interested in becoming a prescriber.
How to prescribe
Specific eligibility, application and documentation requirements are provided in both the MASS General Guidelines (PDF, 474kB) and Spectacle Supply Scheme Guidelines (PDF, 390kB). The prescriber determines the client’s clinical eligibility by conducting an eye examination and prescribes suitable spectacles. The prescriber and client then complete and submit the Spectacle Supply Scheme Application Form (PDF, 410kB).
Application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)
- Application Guidelines for Spectacle Supply Scheme (PDF, 390kB)
- MASS 30 - Spectacle Supply Scheme Application Form (PDF, 410kB)
- Spectacle Supply Scheme Loss/Breakage Declaration (PDF, 29kB)
Approved spectacles and dispensing agents
Advice and clinical support
Please contact the Spectacle Supply Scheme.