Dental Board of Australia - Infection control obligations of dental practitioners

Infection control obligations of dental practitioners

Effective infection prevention and control is central to providing high quality health care for patients and a safe working environment for those that work in healthcare settings.

The Board expects dental practitioners to practise in a way that maintains and enhances public health and safety by ensuring that the risk of the spread of infection is prevented or minimised.


The Board has published Guidelines on infection control to describe the infection control obligations of dental practitioners.

The Guidelines list the key documents that a dental practitioner must act in accordance with as well as the behaviours that the Board expects of dental practitioners.

It is the responsibility of every registered dental practitioner to ensure that they meet their infection control obligations.

Additional resources

The Board has published additional information to help dental practitioners meet their obligations.

Fact sheet

The Board has published a fact sheet on the infections control obligations of dental practitioners under the National Law. It provides information for practitioners and members of the public on what standards are expected and what to do if there are concerns about the infection control practice of a dental practitioner.

Self-audit tool

The Board has developed a tool that practitioners may choose to use to see how they comply with the Board’s Guidelines in their workplace.

Tips for patients

The Dental Board of Australia and AHPRA have also developed 'Tips for dental patients' to help you make sure patients are getting safe care from their dental practitioner.


Document name PDF Accessible version Document date
Dental guidelines on infection control PDF (400KB)   1 July 2010
Fact sheet: Infection control obligations under the National Law PDF (166KB) Web page July 2015
Self-audit checklist PDF (141KB) Word version
(360 KB,DOCX)
August 2015
Letter - Your infection control obligations under the National Law PDF (111KB) Word version 
16 July 2015
Page reviewed 17/10/2016