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What is AHPRA?

AHPRA stands for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Here’s what you need to know...

The enactment of the Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009 resulted in the replacement of the pre-existing 85 State and Territory Boards with 14 National Boards, of which one is Dental.
AHPRA serves to support the Boards in their primary function of protecting the general public, manages practitioner registration and maintains the register of practitioners.

What are my responsibilities under the new Act? 

Practitioners must comply with the following registration standards which can be viewed and downloaded either through AHPRA or from The Dental Board of Australia

Click here for the Registration Standards document.

We advise that you thoroughly read and review these standards:

  • Dental Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard
  • Dental Criminal History Registration Standard
  • Dental Endorsement Conscious Sedation Registration Standard
  • Dental English Language Skills Registration Standard
  • Dental List of Specialities Registration Standard
  • Dental Professional Indemnity Insurance Registration Standard
  • Dental Recency of Practice Registration Standard
  • Dental Scope of Practice Registration Standard
  • Dental Specialist Registration Standard
  • Dental General Registration for Overseas-Qualified Dental Practitioners Registration Standard
  • Dental Limited Registration for Postgraduate Training or Supervised Practice Registration Standard
  • Dental Limited Registration for Teaching or Research Registration Standard

Furthermore, there is a series of Codes of Conduct and Guidelines which we also strongly recommend you read and review regularly. The Code of Conduct is a particularly helpful overview of the expectations of the Dental Board regarding the behaviour of a registered dental practitioner, and the Guidelines on Infection Control contain vital information about meeting the requisite infection control requirements.

The Accreditation section also requires thorough and regular review and this is also where you will find the list of Dental Board-approved ‘add-on’ courses.

Dental practitioners must only perform those dental procedures:
  1. For which they have been formally educated and trained in programmes of study approved by the Board; and
  2. In which they are competent – see Scope of Practice Registration Standard at
What should I do if I receive a notification?

You will be invited by the Board to respond. While optional, we advise this be prepared and submitted by the due date with appropriate supporting documentation:

  1. Contact DPL

    Direct members - Telephone 1800 444 542 or email and one of our dentolegal advisers will assist you in preparing your response.

    NSW members - Your notification will come from The Dental Council of New South Wales (DCNSW).

    Scheme members - Australian Dental Association Branch members in Western Australia should contact the Dental Cases Panel on (08) 9211 5600 or email

  2. Prior to drafting your response, contact your notifications officer (the telephone number can be found within the body of text of the letter of notification) to ensure that all supporting documentation has been released. Generally, a practitioner response to a letter of notification is required within 21 days as the Board has a statutory requirement to conduct a preliminary assessment within 60 days of receiving the notification of complaint from the patient. 
  3. Your dentolegal adviser will assist by reviewing your records, radiographs and proposed draft response in conjunction with the primary complaint to ensure your response is as thorough as possible.
  4. Submit by the due date with a copy of your submission sent to DPL for your file.
What happens after my response has been submitted?

The decision made by the Board on assessment of the information provided to them falls into three broad categories:

  1. Enough information available to take no further action

    No further action undertaken by the Board

  2. Caution
    Accept undertaking
    Impose conditions
    Refer to another entity
    Immediate action
    Panel hearing
    Tribunal hearing

  3. Need to seek more information
    Health Assessment
    Performance Assessment 

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DPL Australia Pty Ltd (“DPLA”) is registered in Australia with ABN 24 092 695 933. Dental Protection Limited (“DPL”) is registered in England (No. 2374160) and along with DPLA is part of the Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”) group of companies. MPS is registered in England (No. 00036142). Both DPL and MPS have their registered office at Level 19, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. DPL serves and supports the dental members of MPS. All the benefits of MPS membership are discretionary, as set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. “Dental Protection member” in Australia means a non-indemnity dental member of MPS. Dental Protection members may hold membership independently or in conjunction with membership of the Australian Dental Association (W.A. Branch) Inc. (“ADA WA”).

Dental Protection members who hold membership independently need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd (“MDA”), ABN 56 058 271 417, AFS Licence No. 238073. DPLA is a Corporate Authorised Representative of MDA with CAR No. 326134. For such Dental Protection members, by agreement with MDA, DPLA provides point-of-contact member services, case management and colleague-to-colleague support.

Dental Protection members who are also ADA WA members need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDA, which is available in accordance with the provisions of ADA WA membership.

None of ADA WA, DPL, DPLA and MPS are insurance companies. Dental Protection® is a registered trademark of MPS.