About DAAQ

Our Mission: The DAA Qld Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the role of Dental Assistants and promoting career paths through education.

Our Aims:

  • To promote the introduction of mandatory qualifications and statutory registration of Dental Assistants
  • To promote both uniform formal education and high-quality continuing education for Dental Assistants
  • To promote the professional status and recognition of Dental Assistants within the dental industry and health sector
  • To encourage participation and membership in the Association
  • To promote the Dental Assistants Code of Ethics

What does it mean to be a dental assistant?

A dental assistant is an important, integral member of the dental team. The team can consist of dentists, dental assistants and receptionists, and may also include: specialist dentists and oral surgeons, oral health therapists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental prosthetists, dental technicians and practice managers.


A dental assistant’s role is to provide assistance at the chairside for a range of procedures. The duties are of a supportive nature and are supervised by the operator with whom you are working. You may assist with:

  • preparation of the surgery
  • meeting and greeting clients
  • ensuring patient comfort
  • recording the condition of their mouth either electronically or manually
  • assisting with preventive treatments including teeth cleaning, fluoride applications, fissure sealants, teeth whitening procedures and mouthguards
  • assisting during restorative procedures – these may include simple fillings, through to root canal treatment
  • crown and bridgework, implants and full mouth reconstructions

Other duties you would be involved in are:

  • the maintenance of infection control
  • instrument sterilization
  • care and maintenance of all instruments and equipment
  • processing of dental radiographs
  • reception and administrative duties including appointment making and practice accounts
  • stock control

Attributes needed to be a dental assistant

To be an efficient dental assistant you will need the following:

  • manual dexterity
  • communication skills
  • caring and empathetic to clients’ needs
  • patience and tolerance
  • organisational skills
  • time management skills
  • willingness to learn

Employment Opportunities

There are a variety of facilities in which you may gain employment. Check the local newspapers, government gazettes, employment agencies, ring, write or visit the areas that may be of interest to you.

Private and Specialist Dental Practices Teaching Institutions

  • University Dental Schools

Qld Health District Services

  • Community Oral Health Centres

Defence Force

  • Royal Australian Army, Air Force and Navy

Teachers Union Health Society

Career Paths

The private and public sectors offer different opportunities.

  • Trainee dental assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Senior dental assistant
  • Clinical Co-ordinator
  • Practice Manager
  • Oral Health Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technician