The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides eligible children with financial assistance for basic dental services, capped at $1,000 over 2 consecutive calendar years. To be eligible for the CDBS, a child must:
- be aged 2 to 17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- be eligible for Medicare
- receive, or be part of a family receiving, certain Australian Government payments
Services that receive a benefit under the CDBS include examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures. Many of these services have claiming restrictions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
PLEASE NOTE: Child Dental Benefits Schedule is saved!
Following concerted advocacy efforts by the ADA, the Government announced on 15 December 2016 that the CDBS would be retained and its proposed replacement, the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme, would not proceed in any form.