Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a $2.7 billion initiative that will provide a Commonwealth funded capped benefit entitlement for general dental service for children.

This means that 3.4 million children aged 2-17 who meet a means test will be eligible for benefits each year. This means test will be the same as the Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP), which requires a receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or other certain government payments.

What Treatments are included in the Schedule?

Services for basic dental treatments such as dental check-ups, x-rays, fillings and some extractions will be included in the CDBS. Higher end services, such as orthodontics and cosmetic procedures are not included. The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1000 per child over a two year period, however you must meet eligibility requirements.

How do I know if I am eligible for CDBS?

The Australian Government wrote to families that were eligible in early 2014.

Eligibility is determined each calendar year however funds are valid for two calendar years! A child is eligible if they are age 2-17 years for at least one calendar year. You must be eligible for medicare and are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit A or one of the following Australian Government payments:

  • Youth allowance
  • ABSTUDY
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Carer Payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Veteran's Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over

You should ensure that your details are up to date if you think you or your child may be eligible.

  • To update your details with Medicare, phone the patient helpline 132 011.
  • For FTB-A matters, phone Centrelink on 136 150.
  • To learn more, please contact us or visit the Department of Health's website here.