Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Financial support for basic dental services for children aged between 2 and 17 years.
- aged between 2 and 17 years on any one day of the calendar year
- receiving certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare
You may get a letter to confirm your eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule if you are an:
- eligible child
- eligible family
- approved care organisation
Eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the whole of that calendar year. If you become eligible part way through a calendar year you will only get benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule from the date of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible, you must be:
- aged between 2 and 17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare, and
- getting one of the payments in the table below for at least 1 day of the calendar year
|Child's parent, carer, or guardian||
Eligibility may be affected if you go from getting fortnightly payments to lump sum payments. If you have changed your Family Tax Benefit Part A payments, contact us about your Child Dental Benefits Schedule eligibility.
Benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. If you do not use all of the $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, it can be used in the second year if you remain eligible. You cannot access any remaining benefit after the end of the second year.
Benefits will cover a range of services including:
- fissure sealing
- root canals
Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services won’t count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
How to use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule:
- You can confirm eligibility and balance amount using your Medicare online account through myGov or call the Medicare general enquiries line.
- Make an appointment with either a private or public dental provider and let them know you or your child are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
- At the time of the appointment, the dental provider must discuss the child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you’ll need to sign a consent form.
- When the dental provider has provided the agreed services, they will either bulk bill or charge you for the services. If they charge you, you need to pay the account and claim the benefit through us.
You can’t claim a benefit under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and from a private health insurer for the same dental service.
If your dental provider:
- bulk bills, you don’t need to submit a claim
- doesn’t bulk bill, you will need to pay the account and claim your benefit from us
Claim your benefit
You can claim your benefit:
- electronically at the dental surgery, if your dental provider offers electronic claiming, or
- by completing a Medicare claim form
Submit your claim form:
If your circumstances change and you need to update your or your family’s details with us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Update your details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
If you’re a Department of Veterans’ Affairs customer contact them.
Update your bank account details with Medicare using your Medicare online account through myGov.
Learn about the public dental services in your state or territory and find out more about the government’s dental initiatives and dental services for low income adults through the Department of Health website.
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Select your state and topics of interest to find links to government and community organisation support.