About - The Australian Dental Council


The ADC works to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring dental practitioners meet the high standards required of dental professionals in Australia.

We are an independent accreditation authority assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board of Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). Through our role we are responsible for:

  • Accrediting education and training programs leading to registration as a dental practitioner.
  • Developing accreditation standards, policies, and procedures for Australian-based dental practitioner programs.
  • Assessing the professional qualifications, knowledge, judgement, and clinical skills of overseas trained dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, for the purposes of eligibility to apply for registration to practise in Australia.
  • Developing standards, policies, and procedures for the assessment of qualifications and skills of overseas qualified dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, seeking registration to practise in Australia.


The ADC Strategic Plan: 2022 – 2024 outlines how we will work towards achieving our vision.

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Publications and policies

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At the ADC we recognise the importance reconciliation plays in the provision of culturally safe healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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The ADC is committed to providing the best customer service to candidates, education providers, and members of the community. Use this form to report on the conduct of the ADC and the ADC team.

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COVID-19 response

Stay updated on our latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic for dental practitioner assessment process.

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Work for the ADC

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