Child and Adult Public Dental SchemeOn 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced that it intended to establish a Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme in partnership with states and territories from 1 July 2016. Legislation to establish the scheme was not passed by the Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016. As a result, the implementation of the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme will be a decision for the incoming government after the Federal Election.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Commonwealth provides assistance for 2-17 year olds through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close this program from 1 July 2016. As legislation to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was not passed by the Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the program continues to operate as normal.
Information regarding this program can be found on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule page.
National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services
The NPA on Adult Public Dental Services will provide the states and territories $155 million during 2015-16 for additional services to around 178,000 adult public dental patients.
Public Dental Services
For more details on public dental services in your state or territory, visit your State Health Department's website:
- Australian Capital Territory - ACT Health
- New South Wales - NSW Health
- Northern Territory - Department of Health
- Queensland - Queensland Health
- South Australia - South Australian Dental Service
- Tasmania - Oral Health Services Tasmania
- Victoria - Department of Health
- Western Australia - Dental Health Service
Information on the Commonwealth's dental health initiatives
National Oral Health Plan
The National Oral Health Plan provides strategic direction to strengthen the national oral system and reduce the burden of oral disease.
The Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024 was prepared by the Oral Health Monitoring Group, a subcommittee of the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee which reports through the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to the COAG Health Council.
For further information on the Plan, please visit the COAG Health Council website.