The Australian Dental Council
The Australian Dental Council (the ADC) is an independent accreditation authority assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).
The ADC works to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring dental practitioners meet the high standards required of the dental professions in Australia. The organisation is responsible for:
- acting as the external authority responsible for accrediting education and training programs leading to registration as a dentist, dental specialist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, oral health therapist, and dental prosthetist.
- developing accreditation standards, policies and procedures for Australian-based dental practitioner programs.
- developing standards, policies and procedures for the assessment of qualities and skills of overseas trained dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, seeking registration to practise in Australia.
- assessing the professional qualities, knowledge, judgement and clinical skills of overseas trained dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, to determine their ability to apply for registration to practise in Australia.
A not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001, the ADC holds charity status under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The organisation is also registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
The ADC is funded by a grant from the DBA and through fee for service activities.
Current members of the ADC include key professional bodies, academic bodies, and other individual members of the Australian dental professions.