Program accreditation standards


In Australia, all accredited programs are assessed against the ADC/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards).

In 2020, the ADC reviewed the Standards. Approved by the Dental Board of Australia, the revised Standards came into effect on 1 January 2021 and can be viewed here. Information about how the Standards have changed is available here.

Any dental practitioner program submitted for accreditation after 1 January 2021 will be assessed using the revised Standards.

The Standards outline the six domains for accreditation: public safety; academic governance and quality assurance; program of study; the student experience; assessment; cultural safety.

Each domain is accompanied by a standard statement which, in turn, is supported by a set of criteria.

These criteria are indicators, not sub-standards. When a program is reviewed for accreditation, the ADC considers if the criteria are met, but takes an on-balance view of whether overall the education provider has shown that a standard statement has been met.

During a program accreditation review, the ADC considers whether each standard statement is met, not met, or substantially met.

If a program meets all Standards, the ADC will accredit the program up to the maximum period of time as outlined in the ADC accreditation guidelines for dental practitioner programs (the Guidelines).

The Guidelines are available for download here.

If an accreditation standard is substantially met, then the ADC may apply a condition on the program. The provider must meet the condition within a designated time frame for accreditation of the program to be continued.

If a program does not meet an accreditation standard, then accreditation of the program is likely to be refused or revoked.