The Australian Dental Council (ADC) has been authorised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as the assessing authority for overseas trained dentists who intend to migrate to Australia. Overseas trained dentists who intend on migrating to Australia should contact DIBP to find out if a skills assessment will be a requirement of their visa application. If so this assessment is undertaken through the assessment of professional documents, experience and written and practical examinations.

The ADC examinations are to establish that dental practitioners with appropriate qualifications awarded by acknowledged tertiary institutions outside of Australia have the necessary knowledge and clinical competence to practise dentistry with safety in the Australian community. Please see

The current policy from the DIBP states that where a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, that assessment will only be valid for a period of three years from the date of issue.

If your skills assessment was conducted more than three years ago, you will need to contact the ADC to have your skills assessment letter reissued. Please note that an administration fee will apply.

Dental practitioners must register with the Dental Board of Australia to practice in Australia. To be considered for registration, overseas trained dental practitioners must meet specific criteria relevant to one of the following pathways:

1. Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition

2. Dentists with eligible bachelor degrees from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand

3. Dentists with eligible degrees from Canada and compliant with the 'additional requirements'

4. Dentists with other qualifications:
     a) complete an Australian approved program of study; or
     b) undertake the examination procedure conducted by the ADC.

Further information on these pathways, and on applying for registration is available on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website at

To work in Australia dental practitioners must also have appropriate working rights issued by the DIBP. Further information on migration is available on the DIBP website at

English Language Test Requirement 

ADC applicants requiring a skills assessment for migration may be also required to provide evidence of competency in English as part of this assessment. English language proficiency requirements for migration are available on the DIBP website at  

Overseas Trained Dental Hygienist and Therapist

Overseas trained Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists assessments are for registration purposes only. Migration assessments are completed by VETASSESS.

Overseas Trained Oral Health Therapist

Overseas trained Oral Health Therapists assessments are for registration purposes only. Migration assessments are completed by VETASSESS.

Overseas Trained Dental Prosthetists

The pathway for overseas trained Dental Prosthetists is currently under review.

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