4112 Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 


DENTAL HYGIENISTS, TECHNICIANS AND THERAPISTS provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.
Tasks Include:

providing educational programs to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
providing fluoride therapy by applying remineralising solutions and desensitising agents
removing deposits from teeth
applying non-invasive fissure sealants to teeth
taking impressions of the mouth
taking dental radiographs
administering local anaesthesia by infiltration and mandibular nerve block
fabricating full and partial dentures
constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids
repairing and relining denture bases

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
1 079.50
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
1 008.50