Our team is constantly brainstorming what else we could be doing, so we’ve decided to expand our knowledge from General Practice to other medical divisions as well! 


We have researched the process for overseas dentist to come to Australia and start working and outlined this for you below. 




If you are Registered as a General Dentist in New Zealand, you will be eligible for General Registration regardless of where you have practiced through the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition pathway. 


Being qualified from the following Universities means that you are eligible for General Registration as a General Dentist in Australia: 

  • United Kingdom – Cardiff University , Queen’s University Belfast, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Dundee, University of Durham, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, University of London, University of Manchester, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University of St. Andrews, University of Sheffield, University of Wales and the University of Leeds. 
  • Republic of Ireland – University of Dublin and National University of Ireland 
  • New Zealand – University of Otago 


Additionally, if you meet the following requirements in Canada, you will be eligible for General Registration: 

  • Qualified as a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine in General Dentistry after March 2010 
  • Eligible for Registration in Canada through completion of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Examination 




You have 2 options if you don’t meet this criteria.  


Your first option is to complete an Australian Qualification in General Dentistry.  


Your 2nd option is to undertake the Australian Dental Council (ADC) examination procedure. You are eligible to complete the ADC process if you have passed a dental degree that included at least 4 years full time academic study at a recognised university and if you are registered as a dentist in your country of training.  


If you chose the 2nd option and pass the assessment and examinations, you will be eligible for Limited Registration of Dentists for postgraduate training or supervised practice until progressing towards General Registration.  




The ADC Assessment has 3 stages. It will assess the knowledge, judgement, clinical skills and professional competencies of dentist whose qualifications are not approved for registration. 



Initial Assessment 

The 1st stage is an initial assessment. For this assessment, you will need to fill out the application form which asks for your personal information, details on your qualifications, registration history, employment details and recency of practice. Along with the application form you will need to organise a Certificate of Good Standing and provide a copy of your passport, dental qualification, academic transcript, internship certificate, evidence of registration, two written professional references and evidence of work history. 


The assessment takes approximately 8 weeks to be completed and costs $610 AUD.  


After your assessment is complete, you will receive 1 of 3 outcomes as outlined below: 

  • Successful Application – can proceed to the next stage 
  • Application is incomplete – provide additional documents 
  • Application unsuccessful – ineligible to proceed with ADC process 



Written Examination 

The 2nd stage is a written examination. This is designed to test your knowledge of the science and practice of dentistry, your clinical judgements and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice. This examination is held over 2 days and consists of 4 multiple choice exam papers, with each paper having 80 questions. The examinations are held at 2 points through the year, which generally fall in March and September and costs $2,000 AUD.  


To apply to sit the written examination you will need to submit the application form and relevant supporting documents during the published application periods.  


To find out more about what is involved and see samples of the multiple-choice questions, you can download the Written Examination Handbook on the ADC site.  


Results are released 6 weeks after the examination date and if you receive at least a C in all four exams, you will have passed the written examination. A pass mark is valid for 3 years and there are no limits on exam attempts.  



Practical Examination 

The 3rd stage is the practical examination. This examination will be held over 2 days and assess various competencies a qualified dentist should have and to be eligible you need to have passed the written examination. One day is dedicated to testing your technical skills and the 2nd day looks at your clinical skills.  


To sit for this exam, you will need to apply during the application period, and you will be notified of an allocated date and the exam will cost $4,500 AUD. To apply to sit the practical examination you will need to submit the application form and relevant supporting documents during the published application periods.  


To find out more about what is involved and the format of the examination, you can download the Practical Examination Handbook on the ADC site.  


You will receive your results 6 weeks after your examination and to pass the practical examination, you will need to pass both days in one session. If successful, you will be awarded an ADC Certificate and allowed to apply for Registration with the Dental Board of Australia.  




This category of AHPRA Registration requires you to have Supervision and to be employed with an appropriate public sector program offered by a Dental health service facility. Additionally, the Board must be confident in your competence as a Dentist to approve your Registration.  


For this category, you must have completed the preliminary examination with ADC and pass the Practical Examination within 1 year of being registered. In some situations, it may be extended to 2 years, but this will be to the discretion of AHPRA.  


Your Supervisor will be required to be registered as a Dentist in Australia and have at least 4 years’ experience as a Dentist in Australia. Additionally, the Supervisor is not allowed to have any conditions on their registration or to be subject to Supervision arrangements. There are various levels of Supervision and most dentists will start at either Level 1 or Level 2 Supervision.  


Under Level 1 Supervision, the Supervisor will take direct responsibility for the patient and must be physically present in the workplace 100% of the time you are practicing and must be consulted prior to any management performed on the patient. At Level 2 Supervision the Supervisor and Dentist share responsibility for the patient and the Supervisor must be present the majority of the time and if not present, need to be accessible by phone. The Dentist must inform the Supervisor about the management of each patient; however, this can be done after the management of each patient.   




If you are looking for further guidance or would like to ask further questions about the information mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on [email protected]. 


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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions. 


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