Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Dental services you can get

We cover some or all of the cost of a range of basic dental services for your child.

Dental services we cover

Dental services we cover include:

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

There are some restrictions for basic dental services. You should check with your dentist if there’s any item or time restrictions before starting your service.

These services don't count towards the threshold of the:

Dental services we don’t cover

We don’t cover:

  • orthodontic dental work
  • cosmetic dental work
  • any services you have in a hospital


For each child, you can claim up to $1,000 over 2 consecutive calendar years.

The 2 year period starts from the calendar year when your child gets their first eligible dental service. If you don’t use the $1,000 in the first year, you can use it in the second year. But only if your child remains eligible.

At the end of the 2 years, you won't be able to use any more of the benefits. This applies even if you haven’t used the full $1,000.

You can start a new 2 calendar year period if you remain eligible. This means you’ll get another $1,000 in benefits to claim over the next 2 years.


Mary and Tim have a daughter named Rachel. Rachel became eligible for CDBS in 2016 and continued to be eligible in 2017. Rachel received dental services in both calendar years and had a remaining balance of $160 at 31 December 2017. She won’t be able to access this balance in 2018 because the 2 year period is over.

In January 2018 Rachel met the eligibility criteria for CDBS again. This means she starts a new 2 year period. Her available balance is now $1,000 for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Rachel will need to meet the eligibility criteria in 2019 to continue to using services under CDBS.

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
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Page last updated: 2 January 2019