Accreditation standards review


In 2019, the Australian Dental Council is undertaking a review of the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) Accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards). 

Used to assess and accredit programs of study leading to registration as a dental practitioner in Australia, the Standards underpin the accreditation process. This process aims to protect the public by ensuring education and training programs ensure graduates demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional competencies needed to register as a dental practitioner in Australia.

Endorsed by the ADC and approved by the DC(NZ) and the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law), the Standards can be viewed here.

Commencing in the second half of 2019, the Accreditation standards review (the Review) will ensure the Standards are in-line with contemporary benchmarks and expectations, while focusing on public safety. To assist with the process, a working party will be established to help consider changes to the existing Standards. Consultation on any proposed changes to the Standards will take place in early 2020. 

The ADC is committed to keeping you up-to-date on our progress throughout the Review. As we progress, we will provide updates via the website and through our newsletter. 

Share your thoughts on the current Standards

As part of the initial stages of the Review, we are seeking your thoughts on the existing accreditation Standards. This feedback will help us understand how the Standards are working in their current format and if there is a need for their improvement. 

We have published a short paper explaining the review and the changes to the Standards we are considering. The paper can be viewed here

You can participate in the survey by clicking here.

Alternatively, you are welcome to email your responses to the following email addresses: 

  • For Australian based respondents
  • For New Zealand based respondents 

The survey will remain open until 12 August 2019 at 11:59pm AEST

Feedback collected through the survey will help inform the work of the Accreditation standards review working party. A summary of the responses will be published to the ADC and DC(NZ) websites.