Who can get it
We’ll tell you if you or your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Parents, guardians and organisations
Your child can get the benefit if:
- you're their parent or guardian, or
- you're an approved care organisation
- the child gets one of the payments listed below for at least 1 day of the calendar year
Children who get payments under their own name can also get the benefit.
- be between 2 and 17 years of age
- be eligible for Medicare, and
- get one of the payments listed below for at least 1 day of the calendar year
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When you can get it
We'll determine your eligibility at the beginning of each calendar year. This covers the entire year.
If you become eligible for the benefit during the year, you'll get it from the date you get Medicare.
Family Tax Benefit Part A payments
Your eligibility can change if your fortnightly payments change to lump sum payments.
We’ll cover some or all of the cost of a range of basic dental services for your child.
What your child can get
Dental services covered include:
- fissure sealing
- root canals
These services won't count towards the threshold of the:
What your child can't get
Benefits don't extend to:
- orthodontic dental work
- cosmetic dental work
- any services provided in a hospital
There are some restrictions for dental services. You should check with your dentist if there are any item restrictions before starting your service.
You can claim up to $1,000 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
The cap period starts when a child has their first dental service.
If you don’t use $1,000 in the first year, you can use it in the second year if the child remains eligible.
You can’t use any remaining funds after the second year.