Skills assessment

Overview

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) has been authorised by the Australian Department of Home Affairs as the assessing authority for overseas trained dentists who intend to migrate to Australia. Overseas trained dentists who intend on migrating to Australia should contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs to find out if a skills assessment will be a requirement of their visa application. If so, this assessment is undertaken through the assessment of professional documents and work experience.

Who should apply for a skills assessment?

You may need to apply for a skills assessment if:

  1. you have completed a general dental qualification in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or New Zealand
  2. you have completed a general dental qualification in Canada after March 2010, and are certified by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada
  3. you are an overseas resident and have completed a general dental qualification in Australia
  4. you are an overseas qualified dentist applying for a specific visa scheme

and you require a skills assessment as part of an Australian visa application. 

Dentists intending to migrate to Australia, should contact the Department of Home Affairs to determine if a skills assessment is required for their visa application. 

Process

The skills assessment process generally involves the assessment of certified documentation and professional experience. 

In some cases, usually related to specific visa schemes, overseas trained dentists may be required to completed the full ADC assessment process in order to register to practise with the DBA. 

If you have completed a general dental qualification in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada, as indicated above, you will need to download and complete the Initial assessment of professional qualifications in general dentistry form

1. Complete an application

In order to complete a skills assessment, you must submit an Initial assessment of professional qualification in general dentistry form to the ADC. The form can be downloaded here

Once your application form and supporting documentation are received, you will be assigned an ADC reference number. You should include your reference number whenever you contact the ADC. 

You should review the information on the initial assessment page for detailed advice on completing the Initial assessment of professional qualification in general dentistry  application form

2. Receive an outcome from the ADC

The ADC will notify candidates of the outcomes of their skills assessments via email. 

It is recommended candidates contact the Department of Home Affairs to determine the next steps in the visa process. 

According to the Department of Home Affairs, a skills assessment is valid three years from the date of issue. If your skills assessment lapses, you should contact the ADC if you wish to have your letter reissued. In this instance, an administrative fee will apply.