The Public Sector Dental Workforce Scheme (PSDWS) has been introduced to help alleviate dentist workforce shortages in the public sector, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Under this Scheme graduates from some dental programs in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the USA are eligible to participate. Only graduates from university programs as listed on the List of Accredited Undergraduate Programs will be considered for this program.

Before submitting an application to the ADC for initial assessment and the ADC's Practical examination you must:

Once the above has been achieved you may then.

  • apply for Initial Assessment of Professional Qualifications in Dentistry;
  • provide a letter from your Australian Public Sector employer, confirming your employment on the PSDWS; and
  • provide a certified copy of Limited Registration from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA);

Only when successfully completing an initial assessment you will be eligible to apply for the ADC Practical examination.

All of the above must be completed within three years of gaining employment in the PDSWS.

Public Sector Dental Workforce Candidates will be required to sit the Transitional Written Examination.

Certified copies of documents:

When sending the required documents with an application please ensure you have carefully read the ADC 's Certification of Documents Guidelines.

Documents in other languages:

All required documents must be provided to the ADC in English. If documents are in other languages please refer to the ADC's Translation of Documents Guidelines.

Please note:

  • The assessment of your application may take up to 8 weeks from the date of receipt.
  • ALL applications are assessed in received date of order.
  • Applicants are notified in writing of the outcome of the initial assessment.
  • Incomplete applications (includes non-payment of fees) will result in assessment delays.

Initial Assessment fees:

Applications will not be assessed until the assessment fee has been paid in full. Please refer to the current fee schedule.

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