Child's Dental Benefit Scheme

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Dental benefits for kids

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is a dental benefits programme provided by the department of Human Services (Medicare) for eligible children aged 2-17 years offering a Medicare rebate on dental treatment.

To find out if your child is eligible please click on the link below.

Dental Benefit Scheme FAQ’s

I think my child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme; how do I apply for it?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

You don’t need to apply or register for CDBS. If your child is eligible, Medicare will send you a letter.

Your child can get CDBS when:

  •  They are eligible for Medicare.
  •  They are between 2 and 17 years old for at least 1 day that year.
  •  You or they get an eligible payment at least once that year.
  •  You can be either the child’s parent or guardian.
What treatment is covered and is there a limit on treatment cost?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme will cover up to $1,000 over 2 calendar years for basic dental services. The services covered include:

  • Check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

There are some restrictions for basic dental services. We will inform you of any item or time restrictions before starting any treatments.

What if my child turns 18 during the year; will they still be eligible, or does it stop from then?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

If your child was 17 on the 1 January of that year then they will still be eligible until the end of the year provided there are still funds available.