Dental Board of Australia
Dental Board of Australia


The Board keeps up-to-date public registers:

  • of all registered dental practitioners with general, limited and non-practising registration
  • of all dentists who are recognised as specialists

There is a range of different types of registration to match different levels of training and experience. Most dental practitioners have general registration.

National registration came into effect on 1 July 2010. Dental practitioners registered by the Board can practise in any state or territory in Australia.

Application forms for registration are available for download on the Forms page.

Further information on the registration process is available on the AHPRA website.

Types of dental practitioner registration

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, there is a range of registration categories under which a dental practitioner can practise in Australia. Different categories apply to different types of registration. Categories of dental practitioner registration are:

General registration

Divisions include:

Specialist registration

See the list of specialties (344 KB,PDF). For dentists only.

Limited registration

See the Limited registration section on the Overseas qualified practitioners page. Divisions include:

  • postgraduate training or supervised practice
  • teaching or research
  • in the public interest

Non-practising registration

This type of registration is for dental hygienists, dental prosthetists, dental therapists, dentists and oral health therapists who choose to cease all practice activities.

Other forms of registration

The Board can also grant student registration to dental practitioner students undertaking an approved program of study.

Dentists who have qualified outside of Australia and wish to apply for registration can find information on our Overseas qualified practitioners page.  


Endorsement of registration identifies practitioners with additional qualifications and specific expertise. The Board has the following area of practice endorsement for dentists:

Page reviewed 3/11/2014