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: $610 AUD (application)
$250 AUD (renewal)
Validity: 7 years
Application period: Apply at anytime
Assessment timeframe: 8 weeks (approximately)*

*Timeframes can be delayed if information submitted is incomplete

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: $2,000 AUD
Validity: 3 years
2023
Period 1
Application period:

1– 14 December 2022

Examination date:

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 2023

2023
Period 2
Application period:

8 – 21 June 2023

Examination date:

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September 2023

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: $4,500 AUD
Validity: Does not expire
2023
Period 1
Application period:

11– 24 October 2022 »

Examination period:

Feb – May 2023*

2023
Period 2
Application period:

7 – 20 February 2023

Examination period:

June – August 2023*

2023
Period 3
Application period:

2 – 15 May 2023

Examination period:

September – December 2023*

*Specific dates will be set after the application period