Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Will cover part or full cost for a range of dental services for children if you get certain payments from us.

Eligibility basics

  • Children between 2 to 17 years old
  • they’re enrolled in Medicare
  • you get certain payments for at least part of the calendar year
The cap is now $1,000. If we reject your claim because you reached the old $700 cap, you don’t have to do anything. We’ll reassess it and repay you.


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.

Children must:

  • 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

Eligible payments

Who gets the payment Payment
Child's parent, carer, or guardian
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Parenting Payment, or
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • help under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) if the child is 16 years or older, or
  • help under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme if the child is 16 or older
Teenager's partner
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A, or
  • Parenting Payment

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:

  • examinations
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions

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.


Check if you're eligible before you start your claim:


  • find out what you need before you start your claim
  • fill in your claim form
  • submit the form
  • we'll process your claim



Dental health services

There are public dental services available in Australia. Read more on the Department of Health website about:

  • public dental services near you
  • other dental services and initiatives

Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2017