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Overseas qualified practitioners

Dental practitioners with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia should refer to the following material. 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. 

General registration

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 information on each dental practitioner division, including lists of recognised overseas qualifications: 

Limited registration

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:

  1. Supervised practice – which for dental practitioners is practising only under supervision and either:
    • in an employment relationship with an appropriate public sector program (Please note that this pathway will close on 1 January 2020. 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.

  2. 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.


What is Ahpra?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) supports the 15 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

Ahpra and the National Boards work together to register and renew the registration of health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.

Ahpra's operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to on our sites as ‘the National Law’. 

All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners which is managed by Ahpra.

Find out more about Ahpra.

Page reviewed 5/12/2023