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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.

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, 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 forms

Approved spectacles and dispensing agents

Advice and clinical support

Please contact the Spectacle Supply Scheme.

Information for applicants

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Bundaberg region applicants can access a dispensing centre to apply for their spectacles on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month between 10am and 3.30pm. The dispensing centre is located at the District Neighbourhood Centre, 11 Targo Street. Please take a prescription obtained from any optometrist to apply for spectacles.

Spectacles, lenses and frames

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


Last Updated: 13 November 2014
Last Reviewed: 13 November 2014