An overview on Australian Dental Council

19/12/2018 | 08:47 AM


Formed in 1993, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) is an independent organisation appointed by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) to conduct assessment and accreditation functions for the dental professions under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NR


The ADC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. It holds charity status under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and is funded by a grant from the DBA and fee for service activities. 

National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS)



The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is committed to ensuring all Australian-based courses which result in qualification as a dental practitioner meet the profession’s high standards. 

In Australia, all accredited programs are assessed against the ADC/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards).

The Standards outline the five domains for accreditation, which are accompanied by a standard statement

These standard statements are supported by a set of criteria. The criteria are indicators and not sub-standards. When the ADC reviews a program for accreditation, the ADC considers if the criteria are met, but takes an on-balance view of whether overall the education provider has shown that a standard statement has been met.

When a program is reviewed for accreditation, the ADC considers whether each standard statement is met, not met or substantially met. 

If an accreditation standard is substantially met, then the ADC may apply a condition on the accreditation of a program, which must be met within a designated time frame for accreditation of the program to be continued.


If a program meets all accreditation standards, then the ADC will accredit the program up to the maximum period of time as detailed in the ADC/DC(NZ) Guidelines for accreditation of education and training programs for dental practitioners (the Guidelines).
If a program does not meet an accreditation standard, then accreditation of the program is likely to be refused or revoked.