Information to work in this country is available from

Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Ltd.
PO Box 3359, The Pines, VIC 3109

Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

A Work Permit/Visa is required. All applicants must pass a registration examination. Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Official licensing body in the country

Special conditions that may apply for hygienists that obtain employment

Dental Hygienists must adhere to the Codes, Policies and Guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia.

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

Australian Immigration Department, through the Australian Consulate or Embassy in country of residence.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?

Not usually.

Main local and/or official language(s)

See English language requirements of the Dental Board of Australia

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

Yes (theory and practical). For information please contact:

Australian Dental Council
120 Jolimont Street
East Melbourne
Victoria 3002
Tel: +61 39657 1777

Assessment pathway document can be found at:

Information on the local working environment

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.

Standard tasks that a hygienist is allowed to undertake in the country

Dental hygienists must work within the scope of their formal education and training and in which they have proved competency.

Standard tasks are but not limited to:

  • Comprehensive oral examination
  • Periodontal examination
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning within scope of practice
  • Radiography (intraoral and extraoral – OPG)
  • Dental health education
  • Dietary counselling
  • Risk factor evaluation
  • Smoking cessation
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Preventive management of caries, periodontal disease and toothwear
  • Fissure sealants
  • Application of desensitising agents
  • Remineralisation procedures including fluoride therapy
  • Placement of temporary restorations
  • Administration of local anaesthesia infiltration and IAN block
  • Removal of supra gingival and sub gingival deposits through scaling and root debridement
  • Periodontal dressings
  • Removal of sutures
  • Splinting to stabilise mobile teeth
  • Prophylaxis
  • Overhang removal
  • Polishing of restorations
  • Clinical photography
  • Impressions
  • Study models
  • Orthodontic procedures that do not initiate tooth movement
  • Application of professional tooth whitening agents

Further information

Job opportunities exist particularly in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland.

Country Statistics

Total Population25,580,583
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male98% / 2%
Number of Dentists18,157
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year10 /
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time32% / 68%
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector81% / 19%
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians90%
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators6%
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants2%
Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings2%

Links to related web sites

Information based on data received by IFDH in:


NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country’s relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.