Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years.
- aged between 2 and 17 years on any one day of the calendar year
- getting certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare
You'll get a letter to confirm if your child's eligible for the CDBS if you're a:
- parent or guardian
- approved care organisation
Older children getting payments under their own name may also get a letter.
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 is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the entire year. If you become eligible part way through a calendar year, you only get benefits under the CDBS from the date of Medicare eligibility.
Eligibility may be affected if you go from getting fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments to lump sum payments. If your payments change, contact us about your eligibility for the CDBS.
From 1 January 2017, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $700 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.
If a child or teenager already started their 2 year cap period in 2016, they can continue to access the rest of the previous cap of $1,000 until 31 December 2017, provided the child is eligible for the CDBS in 2017.
If you don’t use all of the $700 benefit in the first year of eligibility, it can be used in the second year if the child remains eligible. Any remaining benefit can’t be accessed after the end of the second year.
Benefits 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.
CDBS services won’t count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
To use the CDBS:
- confirm your 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 dentist and let them know you or your child are eligible for the CDBS.
- discuss the child’s treatment and any associated costs with the dental provider before you receive the services. After this has been discussed, you need to sign a consent form.
After 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 CDBS 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 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 this, or
- by completing a Medicare claim form
Submit your claim form:
- using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- using your Medicare online account through myGov
- by post to:
Department of Human Services
GPO Box 9822
in your capital city
- at a service centre by placing it in the drop box or giving it to a customer service officer
- by calling the Medicare general enquiries line
If your circumstances change, you need to update your or your family’s details with us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
If you’re a Department of Veterans’ Affairs customer, contact them.
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.