Free government funded dental care may be possible for your child.
Many people who receive government support (e.g., Family Tax Benefit Part A) are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
If you qualify, it’s likely you’d have received a letter from the Australian government or Medicare. But if you’re unsure, it’s easy to check.
What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
CDBS covers part or the full cost of some dental services for your children if you get certain payments from the Australian government.
Who is eligible for CDBS?
To be eligible, children must be:
- 2 to 17 yrs (for at least one day that year)
- eligible for Medicare
- getting a payment from the Australian government at least once a year, or have a parent getting a payment from the government at least once a year
- you can be the child’s parent, guardian or the approved care organisation
For more info on eligibility, go here>
Which dental services are covered?
The Australian government will give up to $1000 over two calendar years for basic dental services under CBDS. These services include:
You cannot claim for cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics or any dental service in a hospital.
NB: Some restrictions for basic dental services do apply. You’ll need to check with our dentist to see if there are any items or time restrictions before you book into your dental treatment.
How to get CBDS
As mentioned, if you are eligible, it’s likely would have received a letter in the mail. If you are unsure, call the medical general enquiries line on 132 011.
Use your CDBS here at our clinic
Using your CDBS is simple. Call our clinic and book an appointment, saying that you want to use the CDBS.
This blog page has been fact-checked by Dentist Dr Aran Moorthy.