Dentists

General Registration

There are several pathways to General Registration for dentists with overseas qualifications:

  1. Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under Trans Tasman mutual recognition
  2. Dentists with eligible bachelor degrees from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand
  3. Dentists with eligible degrees from Canada and compliant with the ‘additional requirements’
  4. Dentists with other qualifications:
    a. complete an Australian approved program of study; or
    b. undertake the examination procedure conducted by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).  

1. Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under Trans Tasman mutual recognition

Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand are eligible to apply for General Registration under Trans Tasman mutual recognition (this applies irrespective of where training was undertaken). An application form is available in the Forms section
 

2. Dentists with eligible qualifications from UK, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand

The Dental Board of Australia has recognised as eligible for General Registration under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (the National Law) bachelor degrees in dentistry granted by the following universities in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand which transitioned from previous state and territory Boards:

United Kingdom

  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Durham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Wales
  • University of Leeds

Republic of Ireland

  • University of Dublin
  • National University of Ireland

New Zealand

  • University of Otago

Dentists who hold a qualification as listed above are eligible to apply for General Registration. An application form is available in the Forms section.

This pathway to general registration is currently being reviewed by the Board.

3. Dentists with eligible qualifications from Canada and compliant with additional requirements

The Dental Board of Australia has recognised as eligible for General Registration under the National Law Canadian graduates with degrees of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in general dentistry awarded after 31 March 2010 by universities in Canada (accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada).

Dentists who hold a qualification as listed above and who meet the ‘additional requirements’ set by the Board in its General Registration for Overseas-Qualified Dental Practitioners Registration Standard are eligible to apply for General Registration. The ‘additional requirements’ for a dentist who applies under this pathway are that they must also be able to demonstrate eligibility for registration in Canada by having successfully completed the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) examination.

An application form is available in the Forms section

4. Dentists with other qualifications

If qualifications do not meet requirements for registration to practise in Australia, there are two options available. The first is to complete an Australian qualification (a list of Board approved qualifications can be found on the Board’s website) and the second option is to undertake the examination procedure conducted by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

The ADC is the organisation responsible for assessing overseas trained dentists to enable them to obtain registration in Australia. Overseas trained dentists are eligible to undertake the ADC examination procedure if they have completed and passed a dental degree which included at least four years' full-time academic study at a university recognised by the ADC and are registered as a dentist in their country of training or practice.

More information about the ADC examination procedure can be found on the ADC’s website at http://www.adc.org.au/.

Limited Registration

The Limited registration categories that dentists with overseas qualifications may apply for while working towards General Registration, are:

  1. Public Sector Dental Workforce scheme
  2. Limited Registration of Dentists for postgraduate training or supervised practice – Other international graduates

1. Limited Registration of Dentists - Public Sector Dental Workforce (PSDW) scheme

Under the PSDW Scheme graduates from an undergraduate dental program in Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States that is listed on the ADC’s approved list are eligible to participate (see ADC’s website -www.adc.org.au). These eligible participants are granted an exemption from the ADC Preliminary Examination. Registrants in this category of registration must complete the ADC Final Examination within three years of first becoming registered by the Board.

The key requirement of this category of registration is supervised practice in the dental profession and employment in an appropriate public sector program offered by a dental health service facility operated by the State or Territory government. In addition, the Board must be satisfied that the applicant is qualified for this category of Limited registration and that the applicant has completed a qualification that is relevant to, and suitable for the supervised practice. 
An application form is available in the Forms section.

2. Limited Registration of Dentists for postgraduate training or supervised practice – Other international graduates

This Limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice category of registration provides an alternate pathway for registration in the PSDW Scheme for those international graduates whose dental qualifications are not on the ADC’s approved list.

The fundamental requirement of this category of registration is supervised practice in the dental profession and employment with an appropriate public sector program offered by a dental health service facility operated by the State or Territory government. In addition, the Board must be satisfied that the applicant is qualified for this category of Limited registration and that the applicant has completed a qualification that is relevant to, and suitable for the supervised practice.

There is also a requirement for mandatory supervision reports to be provided to the Board.

To apply for this category of registration applicants must have completed the ADC Preliminary Examination and must complete the ADC Final Examination within one year of first becoming registered (this may be extended to two years but only with agreement by the employer). 

An application form is available in the Forms section.

The Board’s Registration Standard sets out the requirements for these two categories of limited registration: