The purpose of accreditation is to:

  • protect the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified are eligible to register with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and
  • facilitate the provision of high quality education and training of health practitioners.

Graduates from programs accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approved by the DBA can apply to register as dental practitioners with the DBA. The ADC is appointed by the DBA under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law) to carry out this accreditation function. For more information about the legislation see:

In accreditation, the ADC:

  • Develops and reviews accreditation standards with wide public consultation
  • Assesses new and existing programs of study for accreditation
  • Monitors accredited programs of study
  • Considers new programs of study in relation to the accreditation process
  • Assesses accrediting authorities in other countries for recognition of their accreditation and examination process.

The ADC is the accreditation authority that reviews education programs for:

  • Dentists;
  • Dental specialists;
  • Dental hygienists;
  • Dental therapists;
  • Oral health therapists; or
  • Dental prosthetists.

An accredited program provides graduating students with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practice safely. To be accredited a program must meet the ADC/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs.

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