Child Dental Benefits Schedule – increased cap

This measure increases the two calendar year benefits cap from $700 to $1,000 for all children eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), retrospectively from 1 January 2017.

Page last updated: 09 May 2017

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Why is this important?

The Government is committed to improving the dental health of Australian children and ensuring that children across the country have access to the dentist when they need it.

As a demonstration of its commitment, the Government has reinstated the $1,000 benefits cap entitlement, after earlier changes reduced it to $700. All eligible children will continue to have access to the $1,000 cap over two years.

The CDBS provides eligible children aged 2–17 years up to $1,000 in benefits for basic dental services, such as x-rays, extractions and cleaning. Approximately three million children annually are eligible for the CDBS.

In 2016, 97.7 per cent of services provided had no out-of-pocket costs.

Who will benefit?

All eligible children will have access to benefits of up to $1,000 over two consecutive calendar years for basic dental services, provided they are eligible for the CDBS in both years.

The increase to the benefits cap from $700 to $1,000 will better meet the treatment needs of children accessing the CDBS, and provide further assistance to their families.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $163.6 million from 2016–17 to 2020–21.

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