Application Process for Indian Dentists(B.D.S) to practice dentistry in Australia / New zealand


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An Indian registered dentists with full registration can apply for practicing dentistry in Australia by applying to Australian dental council using following 3 steps




The first step in the assessment (document verification) pathway is the initial assessment of your professional qualifications in General Dentistry or as a Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist.
The Australian Dental Council (ADC) assesses your professional qualifications as a General Dentist or Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist, work experience, registration history, good standing and other matters to establish your eligibility to proceed with the examinations. 

This assessment is based on the information you provide in your Application for Initial Assessment of Professional Qualifications in Dentistry, or Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist .

How long is the initial assessment valid?

The ADC has introduced a validity period for initial assessment applications for all dental professions. From 1 January 2020, successful initial assessment applications for all dental professions will have a validity period of seven years.
For more information regarding the validity period for successful initial assessment applications, click here.

1.1 Download and complete an application form

The Application for initial assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioner form should be downloaded and printed as a hard copy before it is completed.

Please make sure that you are using the current version of the application form.

Detailed guidelines, designed to help you complete the form, are included throughout the form. 

1.2 Submit application form

As well as a completed application form, you are required to submit a clear, certified copy of your:

  • current passport (high quality colour copy)
  • evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • dental qualification, official certificate or testamur
  • academic transcript
  • internship certificate 
  • evidence of registration or license to practise dentistry 
  • two written professional references
  • evidence of practise or work history as a registered or licensed dentist.

Please do not send original documents as we cannot return these to you.
All supporting documentation must adhere to the ADC certification of document guidelines. The guidelines can be downloaded here. Incorrectly certified documents will result in delays, or in the application being declined.

Post your application and supporting documents to the address specified on the application form.

You are also responsible for arranging a certificate, or letter, of good standing. This must be sent directly to the ADC from the organisation responsible for regulating dental registration or dental license in your country of practise.

Once the application form and supporting documents have been received and payment taken, you will be assigned an ADC candidate reference number. This number should always be used when you contact the ADC. 

1.3 Receive an initial assessment outcome from the ADC

Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an email from the ADC advising of the outcome of your assessment.

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. Your application was successful and you are now eligible to proceed to the written examination. A successful initial assessment does not expire.
  2. Your application is incomplete and you are required to submit additional information for further assessment.
  3. Your application was unsuccessful and you are ineligible to proceed with the ADC process.
As of 1 January 2020, the ADC will implement a new seven year validity period for initial assessment applications.

Once your initial assessment application is assessed as complete, it will be valid for seven years from the date of completion.

If you wish to appeal the outcome of an initial assessment, a written application for review, together with the nominated fee, is to be submitted to the ADC within 28 days of receipt of the notification of the assessment outcome.

The appeals policy for the assessment of qualifications contains further information on the appeals process. You can view the policy here.
It takes a minimum of eight weeks to conduct the initial assessment of qualifications. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your initial assessment to be approved in order to meet the Written Examination closing date deadline.

English Language Test Requirement 
ADC applicants requiring a skills assessment for migration may be also required to provide evidence of competency in English as part of this assessment. English language proficiency requirements for migration are available on the DIBP website at http://www.border.gov.au/  
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The Australian Dental Council’s Written Examination

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) written examination for dentists is a computer delivered examination designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of the science and practise of dentistry. The examination also assesses the application of clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practise in Australia.
The two-day examination is delivered by Pearson VUE on behalf of the ADC. Each computer-based examination consists of four papers each containing 80 scenario-based and single-best answer multiple choice questions. The examination is held in multiple locations in Australia and overseas.
You should carefully read the Written examination handbook for a comprehensive description of the format and requirements of the written examination. The handbook can be downloaded here.
Timeframe: Approximately five months
Cost: AUD $2,000
 
 
ACTIVITYTIME FRAME
Written examination application period     Approximately 3 to 4 months before the examination
Authorisation to test emails sent    8 weeks before examination
Pearson VUE bookings open    8 weeks before examination
Pearson VUE bookings close    5 weeks before examination
Notification of examination results    6 weeks after examination
Application for verifications and appeals close    28 days from notification of results
 


Am I eligible to sit the written examination?

To be eligible to apply for a written examination you must have successfully completed the initial assessment process.

When can I apply for the written examination?

Two written examination sessions are scheduled each calendar year. These are usually held in March and September.
Written examination application periods are advertised on the ADC website and usually occur three to four months before the examination date.

What can I do to prepare for the written examination?

The ADC strongly advises candidates to use the information published by the ADC (e.g. handbooks and information packages) as their definitive source of examination preparation material. You can access these resources here.
The ADC does not recommend or endorse any proprietary or informal courses which advertise as preparation for the ADC written or practical examinations. Such courses are developed and run without input from the ADC. The ADC cannot be held responsible for the quality of training or advice provided at such courses.

Process

2.1 Submit an application 


Applications for the written examination can only be accepted during published written examination application periods.

To apply for a written examination, you must complete and submit a Written examination application form, along with the relevant supporting documentation and full payment.

The application should be downloaded and printed as a hard copy prior to completion. Please make sure that you are using the current version of the application form.

The application form contains detailed guidelines to assist you in completing the form.

All supporting documentation must adhere to the ADC certification of document guidelines. The guidelines can be downloaded here. Incorrectly certified documents will result in delays, or in the application being declined.

Post your application and supporting documents to the address specified on the application form. You will receive an email notification when your application has been received.

Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an email from the ADC advising of the outcome of your application.

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. Your application was successful and you are authorised to sit the written examination.
  2. Your application is incomplete and you are required to submit additional information or resubmit payment during the application period.
  3. Your application was unsuccessful because either you are ineligible to sit this written examination or that a complete application was not received during the application period.

2.2 Book a written examination

If your application is successful, the ADC will issue you with a Written examination authorisation letter. This letter contains information on the opening of your booking period and instructions on how to book your examination venue through the Pearson VUE booking system.

At the beginning of the booking period Pearson VUE will email authorised candidates an Authorisation to test email. This email provides login details for the Pearson VUE system and describes the process for booking an examination venue. Examination dates and venues will be available via the booking system.

You must book your examination venue during the booking period.

Bookings are open for approximately three weeks from the date of the Authorisation to test email. Some examination venues have very limited capacity and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You are required to select the same examination venue for both days of the examination.

An indicative list of venues for the dentist written examination can be found here. Available venues may be subject to change at short notice.

During the written examination, all candidates will be required to abide by the terms in the candidate rules agreement. A copy of the candidate rules agreement for the written examination can be found here.

Once a booking is completed, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE confirming the time, location and requirements for your examination. Pearson VUE will issue a reminder email seven days prior to the examination.



Practical Examination


The Australian Dental Council (ADC) practical examination is the platform for candidates to demonstrate that they are competent to practise safely as a dentist in Australia. The practical examination assesses candidates across the range of the Entry-level competencies of the newly qualified dentist. The competencies can be viewed here.

The examination is held over two days; a technical skills day and a clinical skills day. Examinations are held most weeks of the year at the ADC examination centre.

Upon successful completion of the practical examination, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).

You should carefully read the Practical examination handbook for dentists for a comprehensive description of the format and requirements of the practical examination. The handbook can be downloaded here

Timeframe: Approximately six to nine months
 
Cost: AUD $4,500



Am I eligible to sit the practical examination?

You are eligible to sit the practical examination within three years of successful completion of the  ADC written examination

Process

When can I apply for the practical examination

The table below outlines the upcoming, open, and closed application periods for the practical examination.

 ELIGIBILITY PRACTICAL EXAMINATION PERIOD*APPLICATION PERIOD
Open application period
 
Upcoming application periods
Closed application period
  

*No general dentist examinations are scheduled for April 2020 or July 2020.
Please note. Examination dates and application periods are subject to change. 
Applications for practical examination places are only accepted during the application periods listed above. In fairness to all candidates, the ADC cannot consider applications received outside the listed periods, or from candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for that application period.
Additional information on practical examination dates and application periods will be available in via the ADC website.
If you have any questions regarding the application periods, contact the ADC via the contact us page.

How do I book a seat in the practical examination?

To apply for a practical examination, you must complete and submit a Practical examination application form, along with the relevant supporting documentation and full payment.
The application should be downloaded and printed as a hard copy prior to completion. Please make sure that you are using the current version of the application form. The application form contains detailed guidelines to assist you in completing the form.
All supporting documentation must adhere to the ADC certification of document guidelines. Incorrectly certified documents will result in delays, or in the application being declined.
Post your application and supporting documents to the address specified on the application form. You will receive an email notification when your application has been received.
Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an email from the ADC advising of the outcome of your application.
There are three possible outcomes:
  1. Your application was successful and you are authorised to sit the practical examination.
  2. Your application is incomplete and you are required to submit additional information or resubmit payment during the application period.
  3. Your application was unsuccessful because either you are ineligible to sit this practical examination or that a complete application was not received during the application period.
If your application is successful you will receive confirmation of your allocated practical examination date approximately six weeks after the application period closes. 
The ADC will provide you with additional instructions and information relating to the practical examination in the lead up to the examination date.

Where can I find more information about sitting the practical examination?

The Practical examination handbook for dentists is available to help candidates prepare for the examination. If you are planning to sit the practical examination you should read the handbook carefully. You can download the handbook here.
The handbook contains information about:
  • how to apply and withdraw from an examination
  • the format of the examination
  • what to expect on examination days
  • what will be supplied at the examination
  • what you need to bring to the examination
  • the assessment process
  • examination conduct and other policies
  • the release of results. 

What can I do to prepare for the practical examination?

The ADC strongly advises candidates to use the information published by the ADC (e.g. handbooks and information packages) as their definitive source of examination preparation material. You can access these resources here.
The ADC does not recommend or endorse any proprietary or informal courses which advertise as preparation for the ADC written or practical examinations. Such courses are developed and run without input from the ADC. The ADC cannot be held responsible for the quality of training or advice provided at such courses.

How do I get my examination results?

Practical examination results will be released via the ADC candidate portal. Results are released approximately six weeks after the examination date. 

To be awarded a pass in the practical examination, candidates must pass both examination days in one examination session.

Successful candidates will be awarded an ADC certificate confirming their eligibility to apply for registration with the DBA. The certificate will be available for download via the candidate portal.

Successful candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the DBA. Candidates are advised to read the requirements for registration carefully. 

The ADC provides the DBA with a list of successful candidates following each examination.

Result verification

Candidates failing the practical examination may request that the ADC verifies the accuracy of recording of their results. For more information, visit the verifications, reviews and appeals page

Appeals process

The ADC has a Practical examination appeals policy.
To find out more about the ADC appeals process, visit the verifications, reviews and appeals page.

ACTIVITYTIMEFRAME
Practical examination application periodApproximately 3 months prior to examination
Notification of application receiptWithin 2 weeks of receipt of application
Notification of allocated practical examination date     Within 6 weeks of practical examination application period
Notification of examination results    6 weeks after examination