The most recent figures available on the dental labour force are courced from unpublished data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Dental Statistics and Research Unit. These show that in 2005, the dental labour force comprised 10,614 dentists, a 12.4% increase since 2000. Of these, 1,101 were registered specialists.
The estimated number of dentists employed in the workforce was 10,074 in 2005, an increase in 47.0% over the previous decade from 1993. This represents a practising ratio of 49.5 dentists per 100,000 population. The majority of dentists (82.7%) work in the private sector.
Labour force survey data was collected on the whole dental workforce in 200310. It found that in 2003, the auxiliary dental workforce comprised of 1,057 dental prosthetists, 1,560 dental therapists, and 717 dental hygienists.
10Teusner, Chrisopoulous & Brennan 2007. Geographic distribution of the Australian dental labour force 2003.