Child Dental Benefits

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years of age.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. 

How will I be able to tell if I am eligible for the CDBS?

At the beginning of 2014, the Australian Government delivered letters to eligible children and their families that may be eligible for CDBS benefits.

The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment including:

  • Parenting Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • Carer Payment
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over

What Treatments are included under the CDBS?

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Bulk Billed

Cairns family and cosmetic dental group bulk bills this important new scheme. When you call to book your child in for an appointment please advise reception your child is eligible for CDBS and let them know your Medicare number.

Information for families

Further information for families on the CDBS is available from the Department of Human Services website

It is estimated that 3.4 million children within the age bracket, and who meet the applicable means testing, will be eligible for the benefits each year. The means test that will need to be met will be the exactly the same as the previous Medicare Teen Dental Plan, which necessitates the receipt of government payments, such as the Family Tax Benefit Part A or other suitable payments.

The government has provided itemised codes for treatments that are covered by the CDBS. These treatments include basic dental services, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions. Services that are classified as high-end, such as orthodontic treatment, will not be covered by the CDBS.
The total benefit is capped at $1000 per child over a period of two years, with eligibility to be determined each year.

To ensure that all eligible children can use their CDBS entitled benefits, make sure that your details are up to date with Medicare and Centrelink.

Medicare can be contacted by calling 132 011
Centrelink can be contacted on 136 150, for Family Tax Benefits Part A matters

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