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.

Types of Dental Practitioner Registration

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, 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:
    • Dentists 
    • Dental Hygienists
    • Dental Prosthetists
    • Dental Therapists
    • Oral Health Therapists 
  • Specialist registration (dentists only)
  • Limited registration:
    • postgraduate training or supervised practice
    • teaching or research
    • in the public interest
  • Non-practising registration
  • Approved Add on courses - These courses are relevant for dental practitioners when considering development of their scope of practice. The following have been approved by the Board - Approved Add On Programs of Study (97.6 KB,PDF).

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


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

Page reviewed 15/01/2014