A Work Permit/Visa is required. All applicants must pass a registration examination. Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.
Dental Hygienists must adhere to the Codes, Policies and Guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia.
Australian Immigration Department, through the Australian Consulate or Embassy in country of residence.
See English language requirements of the Dental Board of Australia
Yes (theory and practical). For information please contact:
Australian Dental Council
120 Jolimont Street
Tel: +61 39657 1777
Assessment pathway document can be found at:
The majority of dental hygiensts are employed in private dental practices (general or specialist) and are concentrated in the major capital cities. There are very few hygienists working in country areas of the public sector.
Dental hygienists must work within the scope of their formal education and training and in which they have proved competency.
Comprehensive oral examination
Diagnosis and treatment planning within scope of practice
Radiography (intraoral and extraoral – OPG)
Dental health education
Risk factor evaluation
Job opportunities exist particularly in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland.
|Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male||98% / 2%|
|Number of Dentists||13,430|
|Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year||10 /|
|Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time||75% / 25%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector||90% / 10%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians||90%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators||8%|
|Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants||2%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings||7|