The Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Page last updated: 04 February 2014

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Information for families

Further information for families on the CDBS is available from the Department of Human Services website.

Information for providers

The Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was updated to version 2 on 6 December 2013. Version 2 includes a plain language Dental Benefits Schedule and changes to the description of sedation services.
Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Word 1528 KB)
Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (PDF 1067 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 246 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 289 KB)
Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (Word 502 KB)
Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (PDF 1169 KB)

Further information for providers on the CDBS, including a quick reference guide and information on Medicare registration and claiming is available from the Department of Human Services website.

Legislation

The legislation for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule includes:
Dental Benefits Act 2008
Dental Benefits Amendment Act 2012
Dental Benefits Rules 2013

The legislation can be accessed at ComLaw .

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