Appointment as a Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist (DAO) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this appointment if you intend to provide medical and eye examination services to individuals who are applying for aviation licences. You will only be appointed if you are a suitably qualified ophthalmologist.

Please consult the Contact officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for appointment you must provide:

  • The appointment application form;
  • Evidence of competence in aviation medicine;
  • Evidence of postgraduate qualifications in ophthalmology;
  • Evidence that you are a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists;
  • A copy of your resume;
  • Your Aviation Reference Number (ARN);
  • A certified copy of your medical practitioner registration; and
  • A certified copy of your Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine membership certificate (not required if practising outside Australia).

If you have previously been appointed as a designated aviation ophthalmologist, and the previous appointment was cancelled, you must include with the application any available evidence to show that you can now properly exercise the powers or perform the functions of the appointment sought.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements..


Four years unless terminated earlier.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Aviation Medicine
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1544
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1300 428 633


02 6217 1888


02 6217 1640

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