Dentist assessments


The dentist assessment process assesses the knowledge, judgement, clinical skills, and professional competencies of overseas-trained dentists seeking eligibility to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA), and whose qualifications are not otherwise approved for registration. 

The format of the assessment and examination process has been approved for the purposes of registration in Australia. It consists of three stages: an initial assessment, a written examination, and a practical examination. 

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1. Initial assessment

The initial assessment process involves the assessment of documents including professional qualifications, work experience, registration history, and good standing to determine eligibility to sit the written examination. 

Timeframe: Approximately 8 weeks, not including time taken to submit any additional documents.

Cost: AUD $610

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2. Written examination

The written examination is designed to test knowledge of the science and practise of dentistry and assess application of clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice in Australia. 

The examination is held over two days and consists of four, 80 question, multiple choice examination papers. The examination is held in multiple locations in Australia and overseas.

Candidates are eligible to sit the written examination following successful completion of the initial assessment process. 

Timeframe: Approximately five months
Cost: AUD $2,000

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3. Practical examination

The practical examination is the platform for candidates to demonstrate they have the professional competence to perform safely in the role of a dentist in Australia and assesses candidates across the professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist.

The examination is held over two days and consists of a technical skills day and a clinical skills day. The examination is held at the ADC examination centre in Melbourne, Australia. 

Candidates are eligible to sit the practical examination within three years of successful completion of a written examination. 

As the final step in the assessment process, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the DBA upon successful completion of the practical examination. 

Timeframe: Approximately six to nine months.
Costs: AUD $4,500

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Public Sector Dental Workforce Scheme

The Public Sector Dental Workforce Scheme (PSDWS) has been introduced to help alleviate dentist workforce shortages in the public sector, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Before submitting an initial assessment of Professional qualifications in general dentistry you must:

  • gain employment in the Australian Public Sector in a PSDWS position, and
  • obtain 'Limited Registration' with the DBA

Once the above has been achieved you may then:

  • apply for Initial assessment of professional qualifications in dentistry
  • provide a letter from your Australian Public Sector employer, confirming your employment on the PSDWS
  • provide a certified copy of Limited Registration from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Only when successfully completing an initial assessment you will be eligible to apply for the ADC Practical examination.

You have three years from gaining employment with the PSDWS  in which to complete the process.

You will be required to sit and pass a transitional examination at the time of your practical examination.

For a list of PSDWS accredited undergraduate programs, please click here