Welcome to the Australian Dental Council

Role of the Australian Dental Council

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is an independent accreditation authority assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). 

A not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001, the ADC works to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring dental practitioners meet the high standards required of the dental professions in Australia. This is achieved through the accreditation of education and training programs and the assessment of overseas trained dental practitioners.

COVID-19 update

At the Australian Dental Council (ADC), our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our people, our candidates, our education providers, and our communities.

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation surrounding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to recent developments, the ADC will commence remote working arrangements from Tuesday 24 March until further notice. We remain operational, with all staff continuing to work remotely, however, the ADC examination centre in Melbourne, Victoria will close during this time.

We understand this may be an uncertain time for you and welcome enquiries you may have regarding the impact of this situation on your assessment or program accreditation.

Our office phone number and email addresses are unchanged at this time. To ensure we respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible, please contact us via the contact form on the Contact Us page as this page is monitored regularly.

Our decision to work remotely as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve will have an impact on some of our services.

More information on the impact of COVID-19 on dental practitioner assessments is available here.

Information on the ADC's response to COVID-19 in relation to program accreditation is available here.

Please be advised that under the current arrangement the ADC cannot accept any documentation by courier. Any documents sent to via courier will be returned to the sender. Documents sent by post will be held safely until the office reopens and there may be delays in responding

The ADC understands our current response to COVID-19 will raise some concerns and further questions. We are committed to working with you to keep you informed of any updates as they occur. Please continue to check our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Updates from the Dental Board of Australia

The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) has been working to keep dental practitioners informed of the affect of COVID-19 on the dental sector. Below are links to all available updates:
2 April 2020
27 March 2020
24 March 2020

Latest news

Dental instruments
02 April 2020
On 2 April 2020, the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) released an update for dental practitioners regarding COVID-19. This guidance advises of
Students sitting in lecture theatre
02 April 2020
The consultation period for the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) accreditation standards for dental practitioner
ADC candidate working on manikin
30 March 2020
On 27 March, the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) released further guidance for dental practitioners about managing COVID-19. This information is gu