Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Government-funded financial assistance for children

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government-funded system that provides eligible children with financial assistance (capped at $1,000) for basic dental services over the space of two consecutive calendar years. To be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, your child must:

  • Be aged between 2-17 years
  • Be eligible for Medicare
  • Receive, or be part of a family receiving, certain Australian Government payments



About This Offer

You can claim up to $1,000 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years. You can use the full amount of $1,000 in the first year however this will leave no funds for the second year. If you don't use the full $1,000 in the first year, you can use it in the second year but only if your child remains eligible. The two-year period starts at the beginning of the calendar year in which your child both:

  • Becomes eligible
  • Gets their first dental service

If you don't use the full amount within the two calendar years, you can't use the remaining funds. You'll have to wait for a new two-year cover period to start. You also won't be able to use any remaining funds once your child is no longer eligible.

What is covered?

Services that receive a benefit under the CDBS include (some services have claiming restrictions):

  • Dental Check-Up
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure Sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Partial Dentures

Please note that benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and cannot be used to pay for any services provided in a hospital.

For more information regarding the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) and its eligibility, visit the Services Australia website, or call Medicare on 132 011.

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