Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years. Dental services are capped at $1000 over 2 consecutive calendar years. The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.

The scheme is administered through the Department of Human Services.

Further Information

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic, cosmetic dental work or service provided in hospital.

Are my children eligible for dental services under CBDS?

A child’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is assessed by the Department of Human Services. A child is eligible if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A. Most children will be informed of eligibility at the beginning of the year by letter or electronically.

Who can my child see?

Your child can see their favourite dentist or therapist.

What happens when the benefit cap is reached?

Once a patient reaches their benefit cap of $1,000 in benefits over the relevant two year period, no further benefits are payable in that benefit cap period. Any unused benefit cannot be passed on to another family member, nor can any unused portion be taken as cash.

What will it cost?

Many services such as children’s exams and cleaning are fully covered by the schedule. Where there is an out-of pocket cost you will be fully quoted prior to treatment.

Can private health insurance be used for Child Dental Benefits Schedule services?

Patients with private health insurance covering dental services cannot claim a benefit from both the private health insurer and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. However, private health insurance can be used for any services not provided under the program.

Can private health insurance be used for Child Dental Benefits Schedule services?

Please ring the practice for futher information. Or you can visit the Department of Human Services website or phone the provider helpline on 132 150.