0022 Australian Dental Association

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Dental Association
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Health Care and Social Assistance
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.



1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?


2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?


3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?


What occupations should be removed from the MLTSSL or the STSOL?

252312 Dentist

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being removed from the MLTSSL or STSOL.

There are continued reports of unemployment and underemployment for dentists across both the public and private sectors. Employment vacancies are extremely low and there has been a large drop in dentist graduates obtaining full time employment. The ADA hosts a free job posting portal for its members. Analysis of the jobs advertised over the last few years indicate a growing increase in the number of part-time positions and a falling proportion of full-time opportunities across all states and territories.

Workforce projections undertaken in 2008 estimated that approximately 15,000 dentists would be required by 2020. Registration figures show that this requirement has already been exceeded with more than 16,000 dentists now registered to practice in 2017.

In 2014, Health Workforce Australia undertook a supply and demand study of the oral health workforce which demonstrated that there is "supply in excess of demand" not just for dentists but also with respect to dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists until at least 2025. This result alone supports the removal of dentists from the MLTSSL.

With uncapped Commonwealth supported places available, Australia is producing more graduates than is required to meet those retiring. The excess supply of dentists is already recognised by the removal of the occupation of dentists from the STSOL. This occupation should now also be removed from the MLTSSL.
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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