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Make the move towards a better balance - Dental careers in South Australia

Are you still working long hours, enduring growing pressure and less disposable income?

You should see yourself in South Australia

Picture the gorgeous beaches and the small seaside towns. Imagine yourself enjoying world-famous wine regions; being part of a friendly, laid-back community.

Find yourself with a work life balance that leaves you with enough time and income to enjoy:

  • Warm summers and mild winters
  • A central location with easy access to the very best of Australia
  • A huge variety of things to do, including festivals and entertainment
  • A friendly cafe culture, with great community spirit
  • Affordable city or town living
  • Adelaide - the "fifth-most liveable city in Australia"

Public service, private life
Ready to re-energise your career? Providing a high quality service means more time for each patient - and for yourself. A public dental service that has enjoyed lots of investment, we're just as committed to your welfare.

As well as working fewer hours and having a more manageable workload, you'll benefit from:

  • Job security
  • A friendly team environment
  • Generous support for your continuing professional development
  • High ethical standards
  • Flexible hours

Taking the next step
Want to make the move? You could be on your way to Australia sooner than you think! Best of all, you won't be on your own. We'll make the process as easy as possible. If you are successful in the selection process we'll provide:

  • Your employment sponsorship
  • Assistance with your Dental Board application
  • Contribution towards your removalist costs
  • 2 Adult airfares
  • Six weeks' accommodation on arrival

Your colleagues are already here! Meet other dentists who've joined us from around the world and are now enjoying a better work life balance.

Read their profiles below and get a personal insight into their journeys and how they're making the most of their new lives in South Australia.



I'm Dirkie and I'm pretty new to South Australia. It was only recently that we made the move from South Africa, so I'm still settling in. It's been an exciting and enjoyable time for me and my family - made easy with the help of SA Dental Service. Already I've found a huge difference in my workload and having more time for the children. We wanted somewhere safe and sustainable, with long-term job security; a place where the children would love to grow up. Read more of Dirkie's story. Chat with us on Facebook



Hi. I'm Matt. Good on for you for getting to this point. I'd love to be able to encourage you get even closer to a life changing job with SA Dental Service. Now, it may come as a surprise to some but I was 60 when I made my move to Port Pirie. After a career in South Africa with heavy work and stress load, I was looking for a job that had the right work life balance. I'm not ready to retire just yet, so this magical job I was looking for would make the lifestyle I wanted not only achievable but also sustainable. Did I find it? Read more about Matt's story. Chat with us on Facebook




G 'day as they say in Australia! I'm Jacques, I'm from South Africa and I've travelled all over the globe... but I swear I have found my place in the world, in a little country town in South Australia. I live in a gorgeous, seaside village called Moonta Bay with my wife and young daughter. I leave home at 8.10am and arrive at work in a nearby town called Wallaroo at 8.20am. And my first patient is at 8.50am. With optional overtime. Needless to say, I love my job. But I adore this community. There's fishing of all sorts, a new marina and local cricket and football clubs to get involved in. And did I mention the Greg Norman golf course? Read more of Jacques' story. Chat with us on Facebook




Hi, I'm Sue and I'm the Attraction and Retention Manager at SA Dental Service. I enjoy working with people and building relationships to assist them in considering employment opportunities with SA Dental Service and moving to South Australia. So, don't be shy, I am only too happy to help with any questions you may have. My favourite thing about living in Adelaide is it is a city that has a sense of community and allows you to take part in the wide variety of things on offer. It is not difficult to get from one place to another and explore the many surrounding picturesque locations. Chat with us on Facebook

Applying for a job
SA Dental Service has a number of clinics across South Australia. From metropolitan Adelaide to large regional centres and rural wine regions - there's bound to be a clinic in a location that appeals to you.

SA Dental Service has various clinical roles for dentists, the Senior Practitioner and Unit Clinical Leader roles are promotional positions and are advertised when a vacancy arises. The Senior Dental Officer and Dental Officer roles are general dentist positions.

As a guide the employment process for general dentist positions is undertaken over 8 steps:

Step 1:    Apply online when the selection process for the Dentist Candidate Pool is held
Step 2:    Interview
Step 3:    Reference check

If successful in the selection process
Step 4:    Inclusion on the Dentist candidate pool - job offers are made whenever vacancies arise
Step 5:
   Sponsorship nomination
Step 6:    Registration with the Dental Board of Australia
Step 7:    Visa Application
Step 8:    Visa Grant

Current Vacancies

More information
SA Dental Service is no ordinary public service; offering contemporary and quality services to adults and children.

To learn more about the innovative, quality services provided by SA Dental Service download the fact sheets or chat with us on Facebook.

South Australian Dental Service
Assessment of overseas Dental qualifications and registration
Relocation support and candidate care
Visa and immigration information

Learn more about South Australia
If you really like the sound of South Australia get a better feel for life and living down under here:

Talk to us about employment opportunities:

Sue Loftes
Manager, Attraction & Retention
South Australian Dental Service
61 8 7117 0118

More information
For more information on registration for overseas dentists with the Dental Board of Australia visit

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