Professional competencies review

In 2021 the Australian Dental Council started a review of the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner (the competencies). The last review of the competencies was completed in 2016.

We developed the competencies in close consultation with the Australian dental professions. Competencies are published for each of the five divisions of dental practitioner recognised in Australia for general registration:

The competencies are reference points for the dental professions. We use them in our accreditation functions, including:

  • The assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioners seeking to register and practice in Australia.
  • The accreditation of dental education programs enabling graduates to apply for registration to practice in Australia.

The review of the competencies ensures they reflect broader societal and regulatory changes. It also ensures the Competencies remain contemporary benchmarks of what is expected of new dental practitioners in Australia.

For the competencies to reflect what it means to be a newly qualified dental practitioner, it is important for representatives from the dental professions and dental consumers to be involved in the review process. An Advisory Committee has been established to review the competencies, with broad membership from the dental professions, regulators, consumers, and employers, to inform the review process and consider changes that may be proposed to the competencies.


Consultation on the proposed changes to the competencies

Released: 27 September 2021
Closes:  5 November 2021 at 11.59pm AEDT

We are seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the competencies.

We worked in consultation with the advisory committee and external stakeholders to identify the key focus areas to help guide the review. These focus areas include:

  • cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • interprofessional collaborative practice;
  • care and treatment of people experiencing domestic and family violence;
  • at risk groups, including those living with disability;
  • preparedness to serve rural and remote communities; and
  • social accountability and environmental awareness.

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

The consultation documents provide more information on the proposed changes.

Consultation paper: Proposed changes to the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner

Draft Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner: September 2021

Making a submission


We welcome feedback from anyone with an interest in the competencies. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • practitioners from the dental professions;
  • education and training providers;
  • professional associations;
  • employers of dental practitioners;
  • dental students; and
  • dental consumers.

We strongly encourage you to read the consultation documents before making a submission.

You can respond by completing the survey or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Competencies_review

You can also email your response to our accreditation team via [email protected]

Publication of submissions


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

All personal contact details will be removed from the submission before its publication.

Submissions containing offensive or defamatory comments or that are outside the scope of subject of this consultation will not be made public.


Summary of feedback about the competencies

In April 2021 we asked for feedback on the existing competencies. A summary for the feedback is available in Feedback received on the Professional Competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner.