To work as a dental practitioner in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Dental Board of Australia. You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department).
These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does not automatically guarantee success in the other.
More information on visa applications, including skills assessments and assessing authorities is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Further information is also available on the Overseas practitioners page on the AHPRA website.
As of 4 February 2015, a new process applies for checking criminal history outside of Australia. This new approach requires certain applicants and registered practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check from an approved supplier. For more information, please refer to the international criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
The following document provides broad information about which overseas qualified dental practitioners may apply for general registration:
Refer to the following sections for registration pathways for specific information on each dental practitioner division:
There is currently no pathway for overseas trained oral health therapists.
A dental practitioner who is not qualified for general registration may be eligible to apply for limited registration. The following documents provide information about limited registration for overseas qualified dental practitioners:
Pathways for limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice
There are two different purposes of this type of limited registration:
- Supervised practice – which for dental practitioners is practising only under supervision and either:
- in an employment relationship with an appropriate public sector program (more information about this is available in the Dentists section), or
- enrolment in one or more of the following for the purpose of gaining registration in Australia:
- an Australian Dental Council (ADC) clinical examination
- a clinical training or assessment program in preparation for an ADC clinical examination, or
- another examination required by the Board for registration under section 53(c) of the National Law.
An application form is available in the Forms section.
- Postgraduate training – enrolment in an approved postgraduate program of study (more information about Approved Programs of Study can be found under the Accreditation section).
Pathways for limited registration for teaching or research
Overseas qualified practitioners wishing to fill a teaching or research position can apply for this type of limited registration. An application form is available in the Forms section.