COVID-19: Information regarding program accreditation

Overview

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) continues to monitor the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Our highest priority is, and continues to be, the health and wellbeing of our people, our candidates, our education providers, and our communities.

In response to recent developments, the ADC will commence remote working arrangements from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

We remain operational during this time, with all staff continuing to work remotely, however, the ADC examination centre in Melbourne, Victoria will be closed during this time.

We understand our current response to COVID-19 will raise some concerns and further questions for education providers. The ADC is, and will continue to, work collaboratively with education providers to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

We understand this may be an uncertain time for you and welcome enquiries you may have regarding the impact of this situation on program accreditation. To help us respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible, please contact us via the contact form on the Contact Us page, as this page is monitored regularly. Alternatively, if your enquiry is urgent, please email [email protected]

In response to COVID-19, all accredited programs will be monitored against the ADC’s protocol to monitor the impacts on accredited programs of the COVID-19 pandemic. This protocol is available for download here.

Current position

The ADC has made the decision to postpone all scheduled site visits to 30 June 2020. Decisions have not been made regarding currently scheduled site visits from 1 July 2020.

At this time, changes are necessary to the accreditation process to ensure the ADC continues to deliver on its obligations as the appointed accreditation authority for the dental professions.

We are asking providers to keep us updated on any impact COVID-19 may have on the delivery of dental practitioner programs, including any major changes to accredited programs. We will also work collaboratively with providers to ensure programs continue to meet the ADC/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards) throughout the accreditation period.

Programs will continue to be assessed against the existing monitoring framework. This framework is available here.

Given the evolving situation, the ADC is unable to undertake reviews of new programs at this time. A definitive timeframe to accept new applications for accreditation has not yet been determined.

The Accreditation Standards Review will continue as scheduled during this time.

Timeline of response

Below is a summary of the ADC’s response to COVID-19 to date in regards to program accreditation.

23 March 2020

In response to recent developments, the ADC will commence remote working arrangements from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.
We remain operational during this time, with all staff continuing to work remotely, however, the ADC office and examination centre in Melbourne, Victoria will close during this time.

22 March 2020

At the March 22 Accreditation Committee meeting, the Committee agreed to apply a monitoring requirement on all accredited programs. All education and training providers are required to updates on changes to accredited programs on a fortnightly basis, or as any major changes occur. 

16 March 2020

The ADC made the decision to postpone all scheduled site visits to 30 June 2020. This decision was communicated directly to affected education providers and accreditation assessors.