Initial assessment for dental practitioners

Overview

Overseas qualified dental practitioners wanting to register to practise with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) who are required to complete the Australian Dental Council (ADC) assessment, must complete the three-stage assessment process.

The initial assessment is the first stage of the dental practitioner assessment process. At this stage we review your documents to ensure you are eligible to complete the process.
 

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You can complete an Initial assessment of profession qualification application form at any time. After your application is assessed you will be given a candidate reference number. You must provide this number when contacting the ADC about your application.

Our COVIDSafety and dental practitioner assessments page provides more information about how we’ve adapted our initial assessment process in response to COVID-19.

Timeframe:
Approximately 8 weeks
Cost:
$610 AUD
Validity:
7 years

 

Eligibility

The eligibility to apply for an initial assessment is different between the dental professions.

Dentists

  • a four-year, full time university dental degree, or diploma, from a recognised university; and
  • held registration or licence in either your home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.
     

Dental hygienists and dental therapists

  • a two-year equivalent full-time study from a recognised provider; and
  • held registration or licence in either your home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.


Dual qualified dental hygienists/dental therapists

  • relevant qualifications totalling at least three-years full-time study from a recognised provider; and
  • held registration or licence in either your home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.
     

Dental prosthetists

  • a three-year, full-time prosthetist qualification from a recognised provider; and
  • held registration or licence in either your home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.

 

Process

1.1 Download and complete an application form

The Application for initial assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioner form should be downloaded and printed as a hard copy before it is completed.

Please make sure that you are using the current version of the application form.

Detailed guidelines, designed to help you complete the form, are included throughout the form. 

1.2 Submit application form

Submit your application and additional documents to the postal address on the application form.

You must submit these documents with your application:
 

  • Current passport (high quality colour copy)
  • Passport photo
  • Evidence of change of name (if required)
  • Dental qualification, official certificate, or testamur
  • Academic transcript
  • Evidence of registration or licence to practise dentistry.

You do not need to certify these documents for your application.

Please do not send original documents as we cannot return these to you. We ask you provide an official English translation for any documents issued in a language other than English. Please refer to the Translation of documents guidelines for more information about document translation.

You are also responsible for arranging a certificate, or letter, of good standing. This must be sent directly to the ADC from the organisation responsible for regulating dental registration or dental licence in your country of practice. Due to COVID-19, we are accepting digital copies of your certificate/letter of good standing. This must be emailed directly from the registering authority to the ADC.

Please ensure the registering authority includes their contact details and a statement outlining why they cannot post or courier this document.

If your supporting documents have different names or different versions of your name you will need to provide evidence. Evidence must be a legal change of name document, issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages, or an official change of name by deed poll. Newspaper or gazette articles, affidavits of statutory declarations are not considered legal evidence.

1.3 Receive an initial assessment outcome from the ADC

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

There are three possible outcomes:
 

  1. Your application was successful and you are now eligible to proceed to the written examination.
  2. Your application is incomplete and you are required to submit additional information for further assessment.
  3. Your application was unsuccessful and you are ineligible to proceed with the ADC process.

Once your initial assessment application is assessed as complete, it will be valid for seven years from the date of completion.

If you wish to appeal the outcome of an initial assessment, a written application for review, together with the nominated fee, is to be submitted to the ADC within 28 days of receipt of the notification of the assessment outcome.

The appeals policy for the assessment of qualifications contains further information on the appeals process. You can view the policy here.

 

Authority to act

All candidates have the option to nominate a third party, such as a family member or migration agent, to act on their behalf. This nominated party will receive all correspondence from the ADC related to the candidate’s application on their behalf. If an authority to act is in place, correspondence will not be sent to the candidate. 

This person must not sign a candidate’s application form, and cannot certify or translate documents for them.

To nominate an authority to act, you must complete and submit an Authority to act form.

This form must be sent to the ADC by post to retain all the original signatures. The ADC will not accept forms returned via email or fax.