Accreditation standards review


In 2019, the Australia Dental Council (ADC) and the Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) commenced a review of the ADC/DC(NZ) Accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards).

Used to assess programs of study enabling graduates to apply for registration as a dental practitioner in Australia or New Zealand, the Standards underpin the accreditation process. The Standards aim to protect the public by ensuring education and training programs produce graduates who can demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional competencies needed to register as a dental practitioner in Australia.

In Australia, the Standards are endorsed by the ADC and approved by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law). In New Zealand, the Standards are approved by the DC(NZ). The current Standards can be viewed here.

Consultation on the proposed changes to the accreditation standards

Released: 18 February 2020

Closes: 20 April 2020 at 5pm AEST

The ADC and DC(NZ) is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the Standards.

At the beginning of the review, the ADC and DC(NZ) identified key focus areas to help guide the review. Determined based on external influences and stakeholder feedback, these focus areas are:

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples health outcomes;
  • consumer involvement;
  • inter-professional learning and practice; and
  • assessment.

Amendments are proposed to the Standards in each of these areas. Many of the proposed amendments aim to ensure the Standards are clear and easy to use.

More information on the proposed changes can be found in the consultation documents below.

Consultation paper - Proposed changes to the ADC/DC(NZ) Accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs

ADC/DC(NZ) Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (Revised draft for consultation - February 2020)

Making a submission

Feedback is invited from anyone with an interest in the Standards. This includes, but is not limited to, practitioners from the dental professions, education and training providers, professional associations, stakeholders, employers and dental consumers.

Before making a submission, the ADC encourages you to read the consultation documents.

To respond to the consultation, please click here, or copy and paste the below link into your web browser.

You can also email your response.

Publication of submissions

Individual survey responses and a summary of the responses received will be published on the ADC and DC(NZ) websites. Published submissions will include the names of the respondent and/or the organisation making the submission.

All personal contact details will be removed from the submission prior to publication.

Submissions containing offensive or defamatory comments, or that are outside the scope of the subject of this consultation will not be made public, or published on the ADC or the DC(NZ) websites.

Summary of feedback about the Standards

In June 2019, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) asked for feedback on the existing ADC/DC(NZ) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs. A summary of this feedback is available here

This feedback is now being used to help inform the working party through the accreditation standards review.