The Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.

Page last updated: 23 December 2016

Program information for families

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.

On 15 December 2016, the Minister for Health announced changes to the benefits cap entitlement commencing 1 January 2017.

Children commencing a new cap period in 2017 will have access to a benefit cap of up to $700 over a two calendar year period. Children who commenced a cap period in 2016 will continue to access the remainder of a benefit cap of up to $1,000 until 31 December 2017, provided the child is eligible for the CDBS in 2017.

The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services. General information about the program can also be found on the Department of Human Services website.

Program information for providers

Resources to assist providers to participate in the CDBS can be found below.

The Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was updated to version 5 on 1 January 2017. Version 5 includes minor updates to website links and reflects the changes to the benefits cap from 1 January 2017.

Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Word 1062 KB)
Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (PDF 786 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.

Translated resources for providers

The Bulk Billing and Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Forms have now been translated into 20 community languages and are available for downloading at Translated Informed Financial Consent Forms.

Compliance activities for dental providers

The Department of Health is responsible for making sure that claims paid under the CDBS comply with the legislative requirements of the program - information on your obligations and our compliance activities.

Legislation

The legislation for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule includes:
  • Dental Benefits Act 2008
  • Dental Benefits Rules 2014
  • Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973
The legislation can be accessed at the Federal Register of Legislation.