How to apply for registration as a dentist under Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA)
Under TTMRA a person who is registered as a dentist in a participating jurisdiction in Australia
is entitled, after applying to the Dental Council of New Zealand, to be registered as a dentist in
TTMRA therefore provides an alternative avenue for obtaining registration in New Zealand.
Applicants who are registered with an Australian Dental Board (except for Western Australia)
have the choice of applying for registration in New Zealand under the TTMR Act 1997 or the
Dental Act 1988.
Registration under the TTMRA Act is based on the equivalence of the occupation. To register
as a dentist in New Zealand under TTMR you should complete Form A2: Registration as a
Dentist under TMMR, which is available from the Dental Council Secretariat on request or from
the website: www.dcnz.org.nz
Please complete the form and send it with the correct fees to the Dental Council.
The Council will make inquiries to your Australian registration authority to confirm your registration and good standing status. Provided your application is complete and your registration and good standing status verified you will be granted deemed registration.
At this stage you are able to practise in New Zealand. The Dental Council will then make a decision to
grant, postpone or decline substantive registration within one month.