Professional competencies review

In 2021 the Australian Dental Council is reviewing the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner (the Competencies). The last review of the Competencies was completed in 2015 and 2016.

Working in consultation with the Australian dental professions, the ADC has developed the professional competencies of a newly qualified dental practitioner. The ADC publishes the competencies for each of the five divisions of dental practitioner recognised in Australia for general registration. This includes:

The Competencies are reference points for the dental professions. The ADC uses them in its accreditation functions, including:

  • The assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioners seeking to register and practice in Australia.
  • The accreditation of dental education programs enabling graduates to apply for registration to practice in Australia.

The review of the Competencies ensures they reflect broader societal and regulatory changes. It also ensures the Competencies remain contemporary benchmarks of what is expected of new dental practitioners in Australia.

For the Competencies to reflect what it means to be a newly qualified dental practitioner, it is important for representatives from the dental professions and dental consumers to be involved in the review process. An Advisory Committee has been established to review the Competencies, with broad membership from the dental professions, regulators, consumers, and employers, to inform the review process and consider changes that may be proposed to the Competencies.

Consultation on any proposed changes to the Competencies will occur later in 2021.

The ADC is committed to keeping you up-to-date on our progress throughout the review. As the review progresses, we will provide updates via our website, LinkedIn page, and e-newsletter.


Share your thoughts on the Competencies

We are seeking your thoughts on the existing Competencies. This feedback will help us understand how the Competencies are working in their current format and if there is any need for changes or updates.

The Review of the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner: Stakeholder feedback survey paper provides more information about the review and areas where changes may be made.

We strongly encourage you to read the paper before responding to the survey questions.

Provide your feedback on the Competencies.

You are welcome to email your survey responses to [email protected]

The survey will remain open until 31 May 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.

Feedback collected through the survey will help inform the work of the Competencies review advisory committee. A de-identified summary of the responses will be published on our website.