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Spectacle supply scheme

The Spectacle Supply Scheme (SSS) provides eligible Queensland residents with a pair of basic prescription spectacles, once every two years.

The Spectacle Supply Scheme guidelines have changed from the 1st of July 2017.

From that date, access to the scheme is only available once every two years. Access to the scheme inside the two year eligibility period has been removed, regardless of any clinical change in eyesight.

Access to the scheme inside the two year period for instances of loss/breakage 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.

Available equipment

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 248 kB) (currently being reviewed due to NDIS and NIIS) and Spectacle Supply Scheme Guidelines (PDF 177 kB). 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 597 kB).

Application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)

Application forms

Approved spectacles and dispensing agents

Advice and clinical support

Please contact the Spectacle Supply Scheme.

Last updated: 19 September 2016

Information for applicants

Find out about:

  • Types of aids and equipment
  • Eligibility
  • How to apply

Bundaberg region applicants can access a dispensing centre to apply for their spectacles on the following Fridays between 10am and 3.30pm. The dispensing centre is located at the District Neighbourhood Centre, 111 Targo Street. Please take a prescription obtained from any optometrist to apply for spectacles.

  • 1 November 2019
  • 8 November 2019
  • 15 November 2019
  • 22 November 2019
  • 29 November 2019

Spectacles, lenses and frames

Find a list of spectacles, lenses and frames approved by the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme.