Application periods


The Australian Dental Council schedules applications for the written and practical examinations throughout the year.

Application periods for the written and practical examinations announced for 2021 are detailed in the table below. Examination dates beyond August 2021 will be announced at a later time.

Please note. Examination dates and application periods are subject to change.

Applications for practical examination places are only accepted during the application periods listed above. In fairness to all candidates, the Australian Dental Council cannot consider applications received outside the listed periods, or from candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for that application period.

If you have any questions regarding the application periods, contact the Australian Dental Council via the contact us page.

How do I book a seat in a practical or written examination?

To apply for a written or practical examination, you must complete and submit the relevant application form, along with the relevant supporting documentation and full payment. Forms are available to download here.

The application should be downloaded and printed as a hard copy prior to completion. Please make sure that you are using the current version of the application form. This application form contains detailed guidelines to help you complete it.

All supporting documentation must follow to the ADC certification of document guidelines. Incorrectly certified documents will result in delays, or in your application being declined. 

Post your application and supporting documents to the address specified on the application form. You will receive an email notification when your application has been received.

Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an email from the ADC advising of the outcome of your application.

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. Your application was successful and you are authorised to sit the practical examination.
  2. Your application is incomplete and you are required to submit additional information or resubmit payment during the application period.
  3. Your application was unsuccessful because either you are ineligible to sit this practical examination or that a complete application was not received during the application period.

The ADC will notify you of the outcome of your application in writing. 

The ADC will provide you with additional information relating to your examination in the lead up to your examination date.