Accreditation standards review

In 2019, the Dental Council and Australian Dental Council (ADC) are undertaking a joint review of the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council (New Zealand) Accreditation standards.

Accreditation standards review


Overview 

In 2019, the Dental Council and Australian Dental Council (ADC) are together undertaking a review of the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council (New Zealand) Accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs.

Used to assess and accredit programs of study leading to registration as a dental practitioner in New Zealand or Australia, the joint standards underpin the accreditation process. This process aims to protect the public by ensuring education and training programs ensure graduates demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional competencies needed to register as a dental practitioner in New Zealand or Australia.

Commencing in the second half of 2019, the accreditation standards review will ensure the standards are in-line with contemporary benchmarks and expectations, while focusing on public safety. To assist with the process, a working party has been established to help consider changes to the existing standards.

Consultation on any proposed changes to the standards will take place in early 2020.

We will provide updates on our website and in our newsletter as the review progresses.

Summary of feedback about the joint standards

In June 2019, the Council  and ADC asked for feedback on the existing ADC/Dental Council(NZ) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs. 

This feedback is now being used to help inform the working party through the review.

Learn more about the accreditation standards review and working party

You can learn more about the review and the working party in the videos below.