Student Registrations

Student registration and graduates

The Dental Board and AHPRA have a range of resources for education providers, students, new graduates and interested others to assist in understanding what it means to be a registered dental practitioner in Australia.

Information on student registration and information for graduates registering with the Board for the first time can be found on the AHPRA website.

What do students need to know about dental practitioner regulation?

Below are some of the basics you need to know:

  • The Board regulates dental practitioners in Australia and its functions include:
    • registering dentists, students, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists
    • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the dental profession
    • handling complaints against practitioners and students
    • assessing overseas-trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia, and
    • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.
  • The Board’s functions are set out in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (act) – what we call the ‘National Law’
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the agency that supports the Board to implement their duties in the National Scheme.
  • You don’t need to apply for student registration, your education provider does it on your behalf and there are no fees for registration as a student.
  • The Board may take action in relation to dental students in response to:
    • on impairment matters1 , or
    • when there is a conviction of a serious nature that may impact on public safety. Read the Board’s Criminal history registration standard carefully.
  • Anyone can make a complaint (what we call a ‘notification’) about a student regarding their health or a criminal matter and the Board can consider if regulatory action is required to protect the public.
  • The Board publishes an English language registration standard – you must meet this standard when you register as a dental practitioner at the end of your course.
  • The Board regularly publishes communiqués and newsletters on its website so you can keep up to date with what’s going on.

Information for students starting their dental studies

The Board has produced a vodcast to explain further your obligations as a registered dental student. The vodcast will tell you about the Board, give you some information on the National Scheme2, what the Board does as a regulator and what you need to know and do as a registered dental student, both now and before you complete your studies.

The Board has also produced a poster as a learning resource for students. The Board is encouraging education providers to download it and share it including on student portals.

Information video for graduating students

This video is relevant to dental students who are nearing the completion of their approved programs of study in Australia and will soon be seeking registration as a dental practitioner.

1 When we say “impairment” in relation to a student it means, according to the National Law, that this person has a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder, including substance abuse or dependence that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect, a student’s capacity to undertake clinical training. It is important to note that if you do have impairment, the threshold for reporting is high.

2 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).

Page reviewed 16/01/2020