Dental Board of Australia

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Dental Board of Australia

Dental hygienists and dental therapists

There are two pathways for application for registration by overseas qualified dental hygienists and dental therapists.

Dental hygienists and dental therapists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under trans-Tasman mutual recognition

Dental hygienists and dental therapists registered to practise in New Zealand are eligible to apply for general registration with the Dental Board of Australia under trans-Tasman mutual recognition.

This applies irrespective of where training was carried out and qualifications held.

An application form is available in the Forms section.

Dental hygienists and dental therapists with a non-approved qualification

If a dental hygienist or dental therapist holds overseas qualifications and is not registered in New Zealand then they can:

  • complete an approved qualification, or
  • undertake the assessment process overseen by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

    Information about this pathway to registration in Australia for overseas qualified practitioners can be found on the ADC’s website.
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