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: 01 January 2018

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.

Eligible children will have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two calendar year period.

To be eligible a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive 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 seven on 1 January 2018. Version seven includes an updated metallic restoration service list and new items for provisional dentures. Minor changes have also been made to diagnostic, preventative and prosthodontic items. The full list of changes is available in 'Summary of changes to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule' below.

PDF version: Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (PDF 447 KB)
Word version: Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Word 997 KB)

PDF version: Summary of changes to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (PDF 18 KB)
Word version: Summary of changes to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Word 23 KB)

PDF version: Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 246 KB)
Word version: Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)

PDF version: Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 289 KB)
Word version: Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)

PDF version: Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (PDF 1169 KB)
Word version: Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (Word 502 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.