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The GDP Handbook contains detailed program information:

  • Program requirements
  • Modules
  • Examinations 
  • Application forms
To obtain a copy of the handbook click here .


To view a copy of the exams and assessments timetable click here.

FRACDS(GDP)  info@racds.org

Fellowship (FRACDS) in General Dental Practice

 Enrolments / Enquiries
 Primary Examination
Written Paper 
26 - 28 November 2018
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide

viva voce
4 - 6 December 2018

Enrolments due Friday, 19 October 2018

 Final Examination
7 - 16 January 2019
Enrolments due Friday, 9 November 2018


The College has a dedicated education team who will be able to assist you with any enquiry.

You can email Anastasia Domostroeva, Education Officer – FRACDS(GDP) on anastasia.domostroeva@racds.org or give us a call on +61 2 9262 6044 or 1800 688 339.

Fellowship is the highest academic level of achievement with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. 
A Fellow of the College:

1. Maintains high ethical standards, is a role model and demonstrates leadership in the profession.
2. Is a highly skilled and proficient practitioner with comprehensive experience in general dental practice.
3. Has significant depth and breadth of scientific knowledge and comprehension of evidence-based practice gained from enquiry, professional development and clinical experience.
4. Completed rigorous examination and assessment, in which they displayed critical evaluation, integration of this knowledge and understanding of contemporary dental evidence into their clinical practice.

How do I become a Fellow in GDP?
There are three pathways to Fellowship in GDP: (1) Primary Examination , (2) Exemption or (3) the MRACDS(GDP) Program.

Primary Examination
The Primary Exam consists of study and examination in the areas of Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology. The aim is for candidates to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the basic sciences and, importantly, their relationship to clinical dental practice.

The exam is in two parts:

  • six two hour written papers, with two subjects scheduled on each of three consecutive days
  • viva voce examinations of ten minutes duration are conducted in each of the six subjects. The focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge.

Final Examination

The Final Exam assesses clinical and theoretical knowledge in an experiential context, over a broad base of general dental practice. The exam comprises both written papers and a viva voce.
The Final Exam focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge which demonstrates they can:

  • Make informed clinical assessment and analysis
  • Consider a diagnosis with evidence of the application of diagnostic or surgical sieves and the selection of appropriate treatment modalities
  • Demonstrate the ability to justify the management options with reference to current literature and evidence based practice.

Read more about the Final Examination in GDP .

How To Apply
You will need to first subscribe to the College. Find out all you need to know about General Dental Practice pathways in the GDP Handbook.


Fellowship - General Dental Practice (GDP)
Primary Examination
1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 Fees (in AUD)
Primary Examination Overseas Resident Australian Resident
Subscription 650.00# 715.00*
Orientation Course
Enrolment - all subjects (for subscribed candidate, fellow/member)
3,159.00* 3,159.00*
Enrolment - all subjects (for non-subscribed candidate, non-fellow/non-member) 4,064.00* 4,064.00*
Enrolment - per subject (for subscribed candidate, fellow/member) 525.00* 525.00*
Enrolment - per subject (for non-subscribed candidate, non-fellow/non-member) 682.00* 682.00*
Lecture notes - all subjects 254.00# 279.40*
Lecture notes - per subject 112.00# 123.20*
Primary examination (viva voce in Australia)
Enrolment - all subjects
2,502.00# 2,502.00#
Enrolment - per subject 579.00# 579.00#
Primary examination (viva voce outside of Australia)
Enrolment - all subjects
5,750.00# 5,750.00#
Enrolment - one subject 1,147.00# 1,147.00#
Enrolment - per additional subject 538.00# 538.00#
Application for exemption from sitting the primary examination 1,157.00# 1,157.00#
Appeal fee  6,000.00*  6,000.00* 
  1. Subscription is valid for a period of six (6) years and is not refundable.
  2. The orientation course is held in Australia. A USB flash drive of lecture notes is provided on enrolment and covers the following subjects: anatomy, histology, physiology, cell biology and chemistry, pathology and microbiology. Daily meals (i.e. morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) are included in the fee.
  3. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive. Fees marked with pound/hash (#) denote GST free.
  4. For more information, please refer to the RACDS General Dental Practice (GDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.


Fellowship - General Dental Practice (GDP)
Final Examination
1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 Fees (in AUD)
Final Examination Overseas Resident Australian Resident
Final examination workshop
2,056.00* 2,056.00*
Final examination web based education program
761.00* 761.00*
Final examination
2,989.00# 2,989.00#
Enrolment for unsuccessful subscribed candidate
- Part l or Part ll only
1,781.00# 1,781.00#
Appeal fee  6,000.00*  6,000.00* 
Admission to Fellowship 315.00# 346.50*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/16 to 30/06/17) 603.50# 663.85*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/17 to 30/06/18) 612.73# 674.00*
  1. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive. Fees marked with pound/hash (#) denote GST free.
  2. The final examination workshop will be held over three (3) days.
  3. The annual fee is payable on the 1st day of July each year. All unpaid annual fees by the 31st of August each year will attract a monthly late payment surcharge. Members or Fellows who are elected to Membership or Fellowship during the year will pay a pro rata annual fee based on the whole months remaining in the financial year (FY).
  4. For more information, please refer to the RACDS General Dental Practice (GDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.
Whilst all due care is taken to ensure that all information contained herein is correct at the time of publication, the RACDS makes no warranties in respect of inadvertent errors or omissions. The RACDS reserves the right to revise these fees and other information from time to time, as well as amend the dates of examinations, courses and workshops whenever conditions warrant. Where these activities are cancelled or postponed, a full refund of the fee will be issued. The RACDS however takes no responsibility for any other costs incurred by the candidate in this regard.