In 2006, there were 300 dental science course completions from Australian universities where graduates qualify as dental practitioners. A total of 496 dental science training places were available for students in 2006.

Currently, seven tertiary institutions provide training places for the dental workforce including two in regional areas, Bendigo and the Gold Coast. In 2006, a further 300 dentists completed university courses in Dental Science adding to the estimated 10,074 dentists practising in 2005. The supply of dentists will increase following the establishment of dental schools in another two regionally-based tertiary institutions (James Cook and Charles Sturt Universities) from 2009.