Dentists - The Australian Dental Council

Dentist assessments

The assessment process is for overseas qualified dentists with qualifications that do not meet the requirements for registration with the Dental Board of Australia. It is designed to assess your knowledge, judgement, clinical skills, and professional competence.

The process involves three stages:

1. Initial assessment

An assessment of your eligibility to complete the dental practitioner assessment process.

Eligibility: Minimum 4-year full-time degree/diploma and have held full and unrestricted registration/licence
Timeframe: 8 weeks (approximately)*
Cost:

$628 AUD (application)
$258 AUD (renewal)

Validity: 7 years
Application period: Apply at anytime**
Assessment timeframe: 8 weeks (approximately)*

*Timeframes can be delayed if information submitted is incomplete.

**Note that there are initial assessment application deadline dates for each written examination.

2. Written examination

A two-day examination testing your application of knowledge to clinical practice.

Eligibility: Successful, valid initial assessment
Timeframe: 5 months from application period to results release (approximately)
Cost:

$2,060 AUD

Validity: 3 years
2024
Period 1
Initial assessment deadline

18 October 2023

Application period

29 November – 12 December 2023

Examination date

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March 2024

2024
Period 2
Initial assessment deadline

24 April 2024

Application period

5 – 18 June 2024

Examination date

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September 2024

3. Practical examination

A two-day simulation-based examination assessing your practical clinical skills.

 

Eligibility: Successful, valid written examination.
Timeframe: 4 to 7 months from application period to results release (approximately)
Cost:

$4,635 AUD

Validity: Does not expire
2024
Period 1
Application period

11 – 24 October 2023

Date selection period

26 October – 1 November 2023

Examination date

January – May 2024

2024
Period 2
Application period

6 – 20 February 2024

Date selection period

22 – 29 February 2024

Examination date

May – August 2024

2024
Period 3
Application period

13 – 27 June 2024

Date selection period

2 – 8 July 2024

Examination date

September – December 2024

*Specific dates will be set after the application period.