Dental practitioners

If you are a dental practitioner you must be licensed to use dental x-ray equipment. 

This includes:

  • dentists
  • dental hygienists
  • dental therapists
  • dental assistants.

Before you apply

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists

You must be registered as a dental practitioner with the Dental Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to use intra-oral x-ray equipment. 

If you want to use orthopantomograms (OPG) and dental cone beam CT (CBCT), you must provide evidence of appropriate training to operate OPG and CBCT equipment. Nationally recognised training is available. 

Go to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency website (ARPNSA) for a list of nationally recognised training providers

Dental assistants

You can use intraoral equipment to x-ray teeth and facial bones if you have completed an accredited certificate level IV course that includes OPG.

How to apply 

To apply follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in the application for a licence to the Chief Health Officer.
Step 2. Check the fee.
Step 3. Submit your application and fee in one of the following ways: 

In person

Submit your application and fee at your nearest Receiver of Territory Monies Office

Email, fax or mail

Phone the Receiver of Territory monies on (08) 8943 6219 and pay the fee by credit card. 

Enter your payment receipt number on the application form and do one of the following:

  • email to envirohealth@nt.gov.au
  • fax to (08) 8922 7334
  • mail to
    Radiation Protection
    Department of Health
    PO Box 40596
    Casuarina NT 0811

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Last updated: 13 October 2017