Specsavers Audiology is expanding to New Zealand. The announcement was made at the New Zealand Audiological Society Conference, held in Queenstown in early July. The company carried out a similar expansion two years ago in Australia, where Specsavers optical shops have been operating since 2008. According to Nick Taylor, head of professional services at Spescavers Audiology ANZ, there are “around 20-25 opportunities for partnership” in New Zealand, and the company is meeting with local audiologists and recruiting staff for the inaugural stores. The company's audiology businesses operate as franchises within existing Specsavers optical shops but are run as separate entities. According to the company, franchise partners are paid at the market rate. Audiologists receive a base salary of 100,000 Australian dollars (€60,500-$67,700), augmented by store profits. Franchise partners must provide a shareholder loan of AUD 10,000 (€6,100-$6,800), which is repaid once there is sufficient cash flow. In Australia, every Specsavers optical store that hosts audiology services also provides free hearing tests for customers over 40 while conducting pre-tests for optics.