CHILDREN’S DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEME

The Children’s Dental Benefits Scheme was introduced in 2014 to provide $2.7 billion to assist an estimated 3.4 million children with basic essential dental treatment such as check-ups, Xrays, fillings, cleanings, fissure sealants, root canals and extractions.

However, more complex work such as crowns, bridges, and orthodontic items etc are excluded.

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two-year period. There is no carryover of unused funding.

Eligibility checks
How to know if your child can get CDBS this year.

Each January the Govwernemnt checks if your child is eligible for dental benefits. They keep checking during the year. If they’re eligible they will send you a letter. If you’re not sure, you can either:

Check your Medicare online account through myGov
Call the Medicare general enquiries line.

Children from 0-17yrs should be eligible under the Scheme and it is means tested.

More information can be found at: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dentalbenefits-schedule