COVID-19: Information regarding dental practitioner assessments

Overview

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) continues to monitor the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is guided by publicly available information from the Victorian Government  Department of Health and Human Services, the Australian Government  Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

All available information is included on this page. Any updates will be posted to this page as soon as it is available. Please continue to check this page regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on our response.

Thank you to all of our candidates for your patience to date. We understand our current response to COVID-19 will raise some concerns and further questions for our candidates. The ADC is committed to working with candidates to help minimise disruption to their candidature once the situation has stabilised.

If you have any questions regarding our current response to COVID-19 in relation to dental practitioner assessments, please contact us via the form on the contact us page.

Current position

Initial assessment applications (including skills assessments)

The ADC is now accepting mail and deliveries via courier.

We have recommenced the processing of initial assessment applications. Please allow time for the processing of your application.

You receive an email confirmation to confirm receipt of your application and any supporting documents. Due to the current volume of applications, please allow time for this email to come through.

Please note that the Renewal of initial assessment applications must be received within the time frames specified on the ADC website.

Supporting documents for existing initial assessment applications must be received within the time frames specified in your outcome letter. If you are having difficulty submitting additional documentation or your letter of good standing due to the impact of COVID-19, please contact the ADC via email with your concerns and supporting evidence where possible. These concerns are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about processing timeframes for initial assessments, including renewals and additional documents, please click here.

If you have submitted, or intend to submit, an initial assessment application as part of a skills assessment we recommend you also review the updated information provided by the Department of Home Affairs. This information is available here.

Written examination

The March 2021 written examination is planned to take place on 3 and 4 March 2021.

The application period for this examination will open from 23 November to 11 December 2020.

Candidates wishing to apply for this examination must hold a valid Initial assessment of Professional Qualifications at the time of application and scheduled examination dates. More information about this examination is available here.

Practical examination

The ADC has announced application periods and examination dates for practical examinations between March to August 2021.
Information on the examination dates and application periods is available here.

Practical examinations postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19 are rescheduled for January to March 20201. Out of fairness to all candidates, candidates who opted-out of a rescheduled examination or who are booked into an early 2021 examination are not eligible to apply for these advertised application periods.

COVID-19 policy for assessments and examinations

To help all candidates affected by COVID-19, the ADC has developed the COVID-19 policy for assessments and examinations (the Policy). The Policy outlines the provisions we have introduced to support all candidates through their candidature during this time.

The Policy is available for download here.  

 

Timeline of response

Below is a summary of the ADC’s response to COVID-19 to date.

28 October 2020

The ADC has recommenced the processing of initial applications and has announced examination dates and application periods for written and practical examinations in 2021. This announcement is available here.

We are now accepting mail and deliveries via courier.

2 August 2020

On 2 August 2020, Victorian entered a State of Disaster as a result of COVID-19 transmission throughout the state. As a result of this announcement, and the introduction of Level Four lock down measures across the Greater Melbourne area, the ADC offices are closed until further notice.

As a result of this closure, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of initial assessment applications, initial assessment renewal applications or supporting documents. We will also be unable to take payments for applications. We will contact all impacted candidates once the office reopens to advise on when to expect an outcome of your application.

Due to the office closure, the ADC is not in a position to accept any documents sent via courier. Any documentation sent via courier will be returned to the sender. Documents sent by post will be accepted and stored safely until the office reopens.

24 June 2020

The ADC announced the postponement of practical examinations to 30 November 2020 and the delivery of a written examination for candidates with an existing booking on 21 and 22 September.

We are currently reviewing options for the delivery of postponed practical examinations as well as new written examination dates for all eligible candidates. New application periods, which will take into consideration new examination dates and eligibility criteria will be advertised on the ADC website at a later date.

To help describe the measures put in place regarding postponed examinations, the ADC has developed the COVID-19 policy for assessments and examinations (the Policy). This Policy outlines the provisions we have introduced to support all candidates through their candidature during this time. The Policy provides more information on validity periods, as well as an overview of what options are available to those candidates with existing written and practical examination bookings who may not want the ADC to hold a seat in the next available written or practical examination.

The Policy is available for download here.

15 April 2020

The ADC announced the postponement of practical examinations scheduled to 30 September 2020.

We are currently reviewing options for the delivery of postponed examinations later in the year. New application periods, which will take into consideration new examination dates and eligibility criteria will be advertised on the ADC website at a later date.

At this time, application periods for examinations in October and November 2020 are unchanged.

The ADC is working closely with Pearson Vue regarding the written examination scheduled for September 2020.

23 March 2020

In response to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the ADC will commence remote working arrangements from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.
The ADC remains operational during this time, with all staff continuing to work remotely, however, ADC examination centre in Melbourne, Victoria will not be holding examinations during this time.  

17 March 2020

Following further monitoring of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the ADC postponed all practical examinations scheduled to 30 June 2020.

16 March 2020

In response to the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and its impact on domestic and international travel, the ADC made the decision to postpone the following upcoming examinations:

  • Written examination for general dentists and dental hygienists:  23-24 March 2020
  • General dentistry practical examination session 11: Wednesday 18 - Thursday 19 March 2020
  • General dentistry practical examination session 12: Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 March 2020
  • General dentistry practical examination session 13: Monday 30 - Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • A mid-year dental hygiene/dental therapy practical examination.

10 March 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education announced a four-week closure of all public and private schools and higher education institutions across the Emirates, effective from Sunday 8 March 2020. Forming part of the Emirates’ preventive and precautionary measures aimed at maintaining the safety of students, these closures are in line with the efforts made to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The announcement affected some testing venues in UAE. Pearson VUE notified those Australian Dental Council (ADC) candidates sitting the March 2020 written examination by email if their venue was affected by the closure.