Professional competencies review

In 2021 the Australian Dental Council started a review of the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner (the competencies). The last review of the competencies was completed in 2016.

We developed the competencies in close consultation with the Australian dental professions. Competencies are published for each of the five divisions of dental practitioner recognised in Australia for general registration:

The competencies are reference points for the dental professions. We use them in our 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 the proposed changes to the competencies

The consultation period on the proposed changes to the competencies closed on 5 November. More information on the proposed changes to the competencies is provided in the consultation documents. 

Consultation paper: Proposed changes to the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner

Draft Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner: September 2021

Publication of submissions

The ADC is currently reviewing the responses received during the consultation period. 

Individual survey responses and a summary of the responses received will be published on the ADC website. Published submissions will include the names of the respondent and/or organisation making the submission.

All personal contact details will be removed from the submission before its publication.

Submissions containing offensive or defamatory comments or that are outside the scope of subject of this consultation will not be made public.


Summary of feedback about the competencies

In April 2021 we asked for feedback on the existing competencies. A summary for the feedback is available in Feedback received on the Professional Competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner.