Assessment standards – The Australian Dental Council

Assessment standards

1. Identity

The applicant is able to establish their identity in relation to the documents submitted and give the authority for another person to act on their behalf if desired e.g. migration agent.

The Standard is met when the applicant’s identity is established.

Criteria Assessment of criteria
The applicant must supply a a high quality scan of passport sized photograph that is no older than three months. The photograph is verified according to the Australian passport photo guidelines.
The applicant must supply a high quality scan of a current passport, birth certificate, and citizenship certificate where applicable. Verification of name and photograph.
A declaration is completed stating that the person applying and all representation within the documents are one and the same. The declaration is complete.
Documents contain the correct name and other identifying features. The names match the verified qualifications, or documentation is supplied to provide evidence of a name change (e.g. a marriage certificate).

2. Confirmation of education and training

The applicant is able to demonstrate evidence of qualification and transcripts showing that they have completed the required education and training.

The Standard is met when the applicant has a minimum qualification(s) at the required level comparable in duration and content to the nationally agreed minimal education standard for the relevant dental practitioner in Australia.

Criteria Assessment of criteria
A general dentist must hold a dental degree or diploma obtained following at least four-years equivalent full-time academic study at a recognised higher education provider. High quality scan of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.
High quality scan of transcripts show subjects, , course start and completion dates, and examination results.
High quality scans are legible and show all text, letterhead, and signatories.
A dental hygienist or dental therapist must hold a dental hygiene or dental therapy qualification obtained following at least two-years equivalent full-time study with a recognised provider. High quality scan of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.
High quality scan of transcripts show subjects, course start and completion dates, and examination results.
High quality scans are legible and show all text, letterhead, and signatories.
A dental hygienist/dental therapist must hold a dental hygiene/dental therapy qualification obtained following at least three-years equivalent full-time study with a recognised provider. High quality scan of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.
High quality scan of transcripts show subjects, course start and completion dates, and examination results.
High quality scans are legible and show all text, letterhead, and signatories.
A prosthetist must hold a prosthetist qualification obtained following at least three-years equivalent full-time study with a recognised provider. High quality scan of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.
High quality scan of transcripts show subjects, course start and completion dates, and examination results.
High quality scans are legible and show all text, letterhead, and signatories.

3. Appropriate work experience and registration history

The applicant is able to demonstrate evidence of registration and good conduct as a dental practitioner.

The Standard is met when the applicant is able to demonstrate that they have met registration/licensure requirements and have practised in a professionally acceptable manner.

Criteria Assessment of criteria
The applicant must supply evidence of the original and the current registration or licensure in the country from which they currently/last worked. High quality scan of the registration/licensure documentation shows evidence of the applicant’s name, date, and a signed statement regarding status, e.g. conditions, disciplinary proceedings, other.
The applicant must declare their work history for the past five years to demonstrate recency of practice. The work history enabled recency of practice to be assessed.
The applicant must list their work experience history and include professional references. The type and breadth of work, including duties and responsibilities, is assessed and the professional references support claims.
The applicant arranges for a letter/certificate of good standing to be issued to the ADC. The letter/certificate is sent directly to the ADC from the current registration authority.

4. Hold the requisite clinical knowledge, judgement, skills, competency, and attributes

The applicant can demonstrate that they have the professional ability to perform safely in the role of a dental practitioner in Australia.

The Standard is met when the applicant has successfully completed and passed the written clinical knowledge, judgement, attitudes and ethics examination, and the clinical practical examination.

Criteria Assessment of criteria
The applicant must pass the written examination. The applicant has achieved the pass mark in the written examination and has continued to the clinical practical examination.
The applicant must pass the clinical practical examination. The applicant has achieved a pass mark in each section of the clinical practical examination.