Application periods


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

Examination dates for the first half of 2022 are available below.

General dentistry


Information updated 20 December 2021.

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Candidates with pending initial assessment applications

Please note candidates are allowed to apply for the March 2022 written examination if their initial assessment or renewal application was received by the ADC on or before 31 October 2021 but is still in the queue for processing. The ADC team is working through all pending applications to ensure they are assessed in time to allow candidates to sit the March 2022 written examination.

IMPORTANT: in order to sit the written examination candidates must have a valid initial assessment. If a candidate’s initial assessment or renewal application is assessed as ineligible or incomplete after the written examination application period, their registration for the written examination will be cancelled and a full refund will be provided.

How to apply

Applications for the written and practical examinations are completed through ADC Connect.

To be eligible to apply for an ADC examination you must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria for the application period,
  • have a valid passport and photograph uploaded to your ADC Connect account, and
  • have a valid initial assessment.

If you are applying for a practical examination, you must also hold a valid written examination.

If you meet the eligibility requirements an ‘Apply’ button will appear in your written or practical examination section when the application period opens. Select this button and follow the steps to apply for your examination.

To successfully apply for your examination, we must receive your completed application and payment before the application period closing date. Partial or incomplete applications, or applications without payment are not accepted.

Information regarding the written and practical examinations (relevant to your profession) is available on the ADC website and within the associated examination handbooks. The handbooks can be found on our assessment publications page.

Candidates with pending identification documents

Thank you to all the candidates who have activated their ADC Connect account and have uploaded their identification documents.

The ADC team is working to verify these identification documents between now and the opening of the application period. We kindly ask that you please refrain from contacting us to enquire about the status of your identification documents.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check their identification page. The status of your identification documents will change from ‘pending’ to ‘valid’ or ‘invalid’ as they are assessed. Please note that passport pages with sections cut off and selfies that do not meet Australian passport photo guidelines will be deemed ‘invalid’.

If any of your documents are ‘invalid’ you can re-upload these to your identification page.

Application outcomes

Once your application has been assessed, you will see an update on your ADC Connect portal advising of the outcome of your application.

Additional information relating to your examination will be provided closer to your examination date.

Attending the examination

Travelling to an ADC examination is your responsibility. Failure to travel due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, failure to arrange travel or obtain necessary visas after an examination date is allocated will be considered a withdrawal and associated fees will apply.

Practical examinations

From 19 January 2022 we are recommencing practical examinations for all candidates residing in Australia. This includes any remaining candidates who had postponed their examinations in 2021 due to border restrictions.

Candidates must also show the following during registration:

  • Evidence of their vaccination status, or a valid proof of medical exemption, and
  • Proof of a negative COVID test completed within 72 hours of the start of the first day of your practical examination.

In the event you wish to withdraw from your examination, the standard withdrawal policy will apply. You can further information on the standard withdrawal policy in the practical examination handbook.

Please note that the COVID-19 assessments and examinations policy: September 2021 no longer applies, and it is recommended that candidates check whether they are able to travel to Victoria before submitting an application for the practical examination.

Practical examination conditions

If your application is accepted, you will have the opportunity to nominate your preferred examination dates via ADC Connect. Please note that the ADC will try to accommodate your preferred choice, but this may not be possible and you may be allocated to a different session. Confirmation will be sent to candidates by the end of January.

  • Seat availability for practical examinations is limited. We strongly encourage you to book your preferred examination dates early for your best chance to secure your preferred dates.
  • You must ensure that you are able to sit at any time during the date range before applying as we cannot guarantee that you will receive your preferred examination dates.
  • Once your examination date has been allocated, it cannot be transferred or postponed. If you are unable to attend your allocated date, the applicable withdrawal policy and withdrawal fees apply.

If you have any questions regarding the application periods, contact the ADC via our contact us page.