Public dentistry

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) advocates for equitable employment conditions for public sector dentists. We fund expert industrial advice and representation for members in enterprise bargaining negotiations.

The ADAVB actively advocates for ways to improve public oral health, including increasing government funding to the public dental sector to:

  • Increase the capacity for service delivery and reduce waiting times to access public dental care
  • Update public dental infrastructure
  • Provide an equitably employed and sustainable dental workforce.

Respect public dentistry – enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) negotiations

Feedback invited

Current EBAs: We would like to hear from public dentists and dental specialists about their experiences with the current EBAs. Submit your responses here. Your responses can remain anonymous. Note that this questionnaire first opened in July 2021.

Next EBA: Please refer to the draft log of claims (what we’re asking for) in the 2022–26 EBA and return any feedback to The draft log of claims largely focuses on entitlement improvements. Wage claims will be made later in the negotiation process.

Next steps and FAQs

View our FAQs for further details on our EBA negotiation activities.

It is important that we have current workplace details for members employed at public hospitals and community health agencies. Guidance on how to update your workplace details on our website is available in this instruction document.

The ADAVB has partnered again with Professionals Australia for its industrial relations expertise as we enter the next round of bargaining for the employment standards of our public sector dentists and specialists. 

Last round, together we successfully negotiated an unprecedented salary increase for public sector dentists. The landscape has shifted significantly since then and the Victorian Government has implemented a new public sector wage policy. Our request to bargain earlier to avoid a more restrictive policy was declined by the Victorian Treasurer.

We are strongly advocating to improve the entitlements included within the agreement for our public sector members.   

Please encourage your public sector colleagues who aren’t already ADAVB members to join. Strength in numbers is important and a solid public sector membership base supports the viability and continuation of this work. We can’t do this alone – it takes the collective effort of the entire sector to get the best result.  

We know the public sector is severely under resourced, with upwards of two million people being eligible to receive care, but the capacity to only see about 400,000 individuals per year. As well as advocating for better working conditions for our public sector colleagues, we also continue to advocate for upstream preventive public health measures that aim to reduce the burden of disease in the eligible population.  

Current EBAs

The current EBAs are effective 01.07.18 to 30.06.22.

Public dentists and dental specialists are covered by eight agreements (one specialist, two hospital and five community health).

We encourage public sector members to familiarise themselves with entitlements in the EBAs. Refer to the FAQs below, which have links to all agreements:

Public sector members who have queries about their EBA entitlements are encouraged to review the above FAQs and discuss the matter with their employer first, ideally in writing. If this does not resolve your query, or you have any other EBA-related comments or questions, please contact the ADAVB Policy and Advocacy Team for a discussion by calling 8825 4600 or emailing

Information sessions

All public sector dentists are welcome to join these interactive sessions hosted by the ADAVB and Professionals Australia.

Topics we will cover:

  • What we’re working towards in the next EBA
  • Negotiation progress
  • Consulting with public sector employees

Upcoming session dates

Thursday 19 May, 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday 23 June, 6:30-7:30pm

View previous information session recordings here.

Also in this section

Public sector EBA negotiations update webinars

View the recordings of past public sector EBA negotiations update webinars.