Advocacy Overview

The dental industry comprises businesses that range in size from small family entities through to local operations of large, multinational therapeutic product suppliers. They share common aspirations for the growth of their business, the creation of jobs and the financial sustainability of the dental industry. Naturally, they are bound by a universal commitment to the supply of quality dental products and services. To excel, these businesses will benefit from a robust advocacy program by ADIA on behalf of those members to achieve a considered balance between economic growth that maximises patient safety.

As the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the ADIA is regularly engages with key political decision makers including Departmental staff and members of state and Federal Parliament. This has culminated in the formation of the Parliamentary Friends of the Dental Industry group, comprising Members of Parliament and Senators with an interest in the ongoing success of the dental industry for the good of all Australia.

ADIA's work at a parliamentary level maintains ADIA's status as a recognised source of sound advice and guidance and supports our advocacy for ongoing improvements to the business and political environment in which members conduct their business. ADIA is therefore able to be an effective advocate for the reform objectives set out in ADIA's policy statements.

Underpinning Parliamentary Engagement Principles

  • ADIA is non-partisan (non-party political)
  • ADIA provides advice and recommendations that are:
    • ADIA demonstrate leadership, will be trustworthy, and will act with integrity
    • All donations and memberships are made transparently and in accordance with internal controls

Parliamentary Engagement Objectives

  • Maintain among parliamentarians ADIA's status as a recognised source of sound advice and guidance
  • Achieve the reform objectives set out in the ADIA Advocacy Agenda and policy statements
  • The high levels of access to senior parliamentarians that ADIA enjoys and the ability to achieve lasting reform is the product of a considered strategy that views parliamentarians as an important partner as opposed to a third-party stakeholder. Over many years, ADIA has created an environment where there is a shared interest in ensuring that businesses in the dental industry can grow, create jobs and operate sustainably

ADIA's Parliamentary Roundtable

Australia's dental industry faces a number of challenges arising out of changes from the commercial, technical and regulatory environment as a result of international and domestic influences. To ensure that Australia's political leadership understands the issues face by the dental industry, each year the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) convenes a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra.

This annual meeting allows the ADIA National Executive and key member representatives to meet Parliamentarians and senior bureaucrats in order to share ideas and identify a pathway that allows the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.

Further Information

If you have an interest in ADIA's work at a parliamentary and departmental level to secure the policy reforms that support businesses in the dental industry, for updates subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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