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Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to basic dental services to eligible children aged 2-17 years in Australia.

What are the benefits of the CDBS?

CDBS provides eligible children with free basic dental treatment up to $1000 per patient over two consecutive calendar years.

Benefits cover 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. Family members cannot share entitlements.

The cost of your child's care will be bulk billed to Medicare with no out-of-pocket expenses.

CDBS eligibility

Children and adolescents are eligible for CDBS if they are:

  • aged 2-17 years
  • eligible for Medicare; and
  • part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or other Australian Government payments.

If you are eligible for CDBS, you should have received a letter from the Department of Human Services. Contact Medicare on 13 21 50 to check your eligibility.

If your child is not eligible for the CDBS, they will still receive free public oral health services if they meet our eligibility criteria.


Last updated 21 Dec 2016