Q.

Can my husband/wife/relative/friend/migration agent act on my behalf to receive any information regarding my application, including over the phone, via email or by post?

A.

If you wish to nominate another party/person to act on your behalf, and receive information regarding your application for assessment, you and the person you are nominating to act on your behalf, will be required to complete and return an Authority to Act form.

This form must be sent to the ADC by post to retain all the original signatures.

An Authority to Act form must be submitted with each new application.

Q.

Can I provide any documents or my application by email or fax?.

A.

No. You are not permitted to submit any documents or application forms via email or fax. The ADC will only accept original certified copies of documents. This means that we must receive all documents by post to retain the original certification and signatures.

Q.

Who can certify my documents if I am not in Australia?.

A.

The ADC's Certification of Documents Guideline indicate the acceptable certifiers such as:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Public Notary
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer
  • Employee of the Commonwealth of Australia or the Australian Trade Commission.

Q.

How do I certify my passport sized photograph?.

A.

Please refer to the ADC 's Certification of Documents Guideline.

Photographs are to be certified on the back of the photograph. The recognised authorised certifying officer must state "this photograph is a true likeness of (applicant's name)" and the other requirements listed on the certification guidelines.

Q.

Will the ADC send the outcome of my assessment by email?.

A.

Yes. When your application has been assessed an outcome will be sent by email advising you that your application has been successful, or if it is incomplete that further information is required.

Successful applicants will receive the relevant paperwork by email to enable them to move to the next stage of their assessment, e.g. Eligibility letter to apply for the written examination. Therefore you must ensure that your contact details are current with the Australian Dental Council.

Please also allow four (4) to six (6) weeks for mail to travel between Australia and India, Africa or The Middle East.

Q.

How long will the initial assessment take?

A.

Please allow up to eight (8) weeks from the day the application is received for your application to be assessed.

If additional information or documentation is required from you, the initial assessment period may be delayed.

Q.

Can I apply for the Initial Assessment of Professional Qualification in General Dentistry, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist if I have not worked in the past five years?

A.

Yes. If you have not practiced as a Dentist or Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist in the past five years (or since graduation), you will be required to provide a signed written statement explaining the reasons why you have not worked in the past five years with your application.

Q.

I understand I need to arrange a Certificate/Letter of Good Standing regarding my registration. Can I provide a certified copy of this document?

A.

No. An original Certificate/Letter of Good Standingmust be sent directly to the ADC from the registering authority, and not by via the applicant.

Q.

How do I apply for a Skills Assessment?

A.

You can apply for a Skills Assessment by completing an application for Initial Assessment of Professional Qualifications in General Dentistry form.

Please complete this form after carefully reading the Explanatory Notes and Checklist section of the application in full, providing all the required documentation, and paying the required fee.

Q.

Please advise me of the requirements for applying for a Skilled Migration Visa as a dental practitioner.

A.

Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for information on requirements for visa applications. www.immi.gov.au

Q.

I am an Australian Qualified dentist who requires an Assessment for immigration. Do I need a Skills Assessment.

A.

Yes. If you have graduated from an Australian University, and wish to apply for a visa, you will be required to apply for a Skills Assessment with the ADC.

Q.

What do I need to provide to the ADC as a PSDWS candidate?

A.

You will need to submit an application for Initial Assessment of Professional Qualifications in General Dentistry and provide a letter from your Australian Public Sector employer, confirming you are currently employed in the PSDWS.

PSDWS applicants must also provide evidence of Limited Registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) clearly showing their registration is for the PSDWS.

Q.

How do I find a PSDWS job in Australia?

A.

For information on employment in the PSDWS please contact the State Government Health Department in the state you wish to obtain employment.

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