Dental Board of Australia
Dental Board of Australia
 

About

The Dental Board of Australia is established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The Board’s role is to regulate dental practitioners in Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).

Board members are appointed by the Australian Workforce Ministerial Council. 

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Dental Board of Australia include:

  • registering dentists, students, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists 
  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the dental profession
  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia  
  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

State and Territory Committees

The Dental Board of Australia is supported by State and Territory Registration and Notification Committees in each State and Territory. The State and Territory Registration and Notification Committees are as follows:

  • Australian Capital Territory Registration and Notification Committee
  • New South Wales Registration Committee
  • Northern Territory Registration and Notification Committee
  • Queensland Registration and Notification Committee
  • South Australia Registration and Notification Committee
  • Tasmania Registration and Notification Committee
  • Victoria Registration and Notification Committee
  • Western Australia Registration and Notification Committee

These committees make individual registration and notification decisions, based on national policies and standards set by the Dental Board of Australia. The Dental Board of Australia has formally delegated the necessary powers to the State and Territory Registration and Notification Committees.

The Dental Board of Australia has also appointed Immediate Action Committees for each State and Territory. These Committees have also been formally delegated powers to make certain decisions.  

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

The Board is supported by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). AHPRA has a National office based in Melbourne and offices in every State and Territory to support local Boards and Committees.

For information about legislation governing our operations see AHPRA's Legislation and Publications pages. 

Contact the Board

Postal address:

Dr John Lockwood, Chair
Dental Board of Australia
G.P.O. Box 9958
Melbourne VIC 3001

You can use the online enquiry form to contact the board.  

Communiqués

Read Communiqués from the Board. 

Meet the Board 

Meet the individual Board members.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 11/06/2015