Your dental career starts here

Becoming a dental assistant offers you a unique opportunity to play a vital role in supporting dentists in delivering quality oral care to patients. You can gain valuable skills and experience in a growing healthcare sector that offers career mobility, a collaborative work environment, and the chance to make a real difference to the oral health of a practice's patients.

Why become a dental assistant?


High demand


Immediate start


Work-life balance


Career opportunities


Work in healthcare industry


Job mobility


Stable income


Training on the job


Ongoing learning and development

Tasks and duties 

  • Welcome patients and make them comfortable
  • Set up instruments and materials according to procedure and instructions
  • Update patient records as instructed by the dentist
  • Provide instruments and dispense materials as directed by the dentist
  • Provide pre and post-operative instructions to patients
  • Suction saliva and any excess dental material used during the treatment
  • Clear, and sterilise instruments and clinic after treatment as per protocols

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Certificate Courses

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Dental Radiography

CPD courses

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and managing medical emergencies in dental clinics
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Dental team development

Career Pathways

  • Dentist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Oral health therapist
  • Practice manager
  • Dental sterilisation technician
  • Dental radiographer
  • Future trainer or assessor
  • Clinic coordinator

Where you could work

  • Dental and specialist dental clinics
  • Community health centres, government and defence clinics
  • Hospitals 

Job portals

To find out what kinds of opportunities are available for you as a dental assistant, visit these three sites.

ADA Dental Careers Hub

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For more information

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