Working in Australia


Welcome to our International colleagues who maybe considering the opportunity of working in Australia. The information provided below outlines the necessary steps needed to be taken before practising as a dental hygienist in Australia.


What minimum legal requirements are necessary to be able to work as a dental hygienist in Australia?


Require a work permit (Visa).

 

Must pass a Registration Examination for licensing by the relevant licensing body.

 

Must register with the Dental Board of Australia.

 


Who are the organisations involved in the assessment pathway for overseas qualified dental hygienists and dental therapists?


AHPRA

  

Dental Board of Australia.

 

Approved Examining Body

 

Australian Dental Council


       Exams are carried out at TAFE SA or Curtin University

 

Occupational English Test Centre

 


What special conditions may apply if I am accepted for employment?



Who do I contact for a work permit (if required)?


The Australian Consulate in the country of residence. More information can be obtained at the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website.


Does a job offer need to be placed before a work permit is issued?


Not usually


Is it necessary to be fluent in the country's main language?


Yes (English). The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for health practitioners that assesses English language proficiency as it is used in the dental profession. This test must be completed and successfully passed before you may register as a practitioner. The OET is administered by the OET Centre up to ten times a year and in over 40 locations around the world. The Test measures the English language competency of health practitioners who are seeking registration to practise in an English-speaking context in Australia. It is designed to ensure that language competency is assessed in the relevant professional context. 

 


Are overseas qualified hygienists required to sit the country's National registration examination?


 

An overseas qualified dental hygienist has two options.

 

The first is to complete an Australian qualification (a list of Board approved qualifications can be found on the Board’s website).

 

The second pathway is to undertake the assessment process overseen by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Information about this pathway to registration in Australia for overseas qualified practitioners can be found on the ADC’s website. This can be seen by clicking here

 

There two locations where the exams are carried out 

 

South Australia

 

TAFE SA 

Centre for Dental Studies

Gilles Plains Campus

Blacks Road

GILLES PLAINS SA 5086

Australia

 

 

Western Australia – Curtin University of Technology 

 

Department of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
 Curtin University

GPO Box U 1987


Perth 6845


Western Australia

 

 

Please contact the Australia Dental Council for further information:

 

Australian Dental Council

Ground Floor

120 Jolimont Road

East Melbourne Vic 3002

 

Tel + 61 3 9657 1777

Fax + 61 3 9657 1766

 

Email: info@adc.org.au

Website: http://www.adc.org.au (downloadable application form available here also)

 

This examination is recognised by the Dental Board of Australia. 

 

 

 

* Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists 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). An application form is available form the dental board of Australia

 

 

 


Can anyone sit the Registration Examination?


No. The exam is open to dental hygienists only. It is a requirement that you have graduated from a recognised dental hygiene school, and are currently registered and practicing as a dental hygienist in your country.

 

For overseas dentists, reading this information, please see the Australian Dental Council Website


How are dental hygienists employed in Australia?


The majority of dental hygienists are employed in private dental practices (general or specialist) and are concentrated in Australia's major capital cities. Currently, there are very few hygienists working in country areas or the public sector


What are the standard duties likely to be permitted legally?


Dental health education, oral hygiene instruction, dietary counselling, taking histories, examination and recording of conditions of the hard and soft tissues and the recording of periodontal disease, radiography, impressions, study models, fluoride therapy, fissure sealants, polishing restorations, overhang removal, temporary restorations, scaling and prophylaxis, root debridement, rubber dam application, removal of sutures, periodontal dressings, application of desensitising agents and remineralising agents, orthodontic procedures, clinical photography, tooth bleaching.

 

Visit the Dental Board of Australia website to view the Scope of Practice Registration Standard and all other Standards, Codes and Guidelines that govern the practice of dentistry in Australia www.dentalboard.gov.au.

 


Where can I get more information?


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Dental Board of Australia

 

Overseas Qualified Practitioners: Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists

 

Australian Dental Council

 

Assessment of Overseas Qualified Practitioners

 

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency

 

AHPRA

 

The Occupational English Test Centre

 

Occupational English Test Centre

 

Approved Examining Body


       Australian Dental Council

 

 

 

General Information:

DHAA Inc.
PO Box 10030
Gouger Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
AUSTRALIA