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International Dentists

Working as a dentist in Australia – a guide for dentists with an international qualification

To practise as a dentist in Australia you will need to meet the registration requirements of the Dental Board of Australia. Depending on the qualification you hold, this may or may not involve the examination procedure conducted by the Australian Dental Council. You may also require a visa, which is issued by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs. It is likely that at the time of your application, the profession of dentistry will need to be on the Skilled Occupation List. These lists are generally updated once or twice a year and feature different occupations within the dental industry such as “Dentist”, “Dental Specialist” and “Dental Hygienist”.

There are different pathways to become registered as a dentist in Australia, as you may be eligible for general registration, or limited registration (for example, with supervised practise) as a pathway to general registration.

According to the Dental Board of Australia, “Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand are eligible to apply for General Registration under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition (this applies irrespective of where training was undertaken).”
The Dental Board of Australia also considers bachelor degrees from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and New Zealand Universities to be substantially equivalent to approved qualifications for general registration as a dentist in Australia. Some qualifications from Canada will also lead to general registration as a dentist in Australia, while others may need to be compliant with additional requirements.

Overseas trained dentists who do not have a qualification which would allow them to register as a general dentist in Australia can complete an Australian qualification approved by the Dental Board of Australia, or undertake the examination procedure with the Australian Dental Council.