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 CDBS has replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan and is administered by the Australian Government Department of Human Services.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS is means tested.

A child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule if:
  • He or she is aged between 2-17 years old on any day in the calendar year
  • Is eligible for Medicare
  • Receives or is part of a family receiving a relevant Australian Government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A.
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, xrays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.

Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be used to pay for any services provided in a hospital. A patient can receive benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule for services performed in a public or private clinic. Eligible children’s’ parents/guardians will be sent a notification letter from early 2014 advising them of eligibly for the CDBS. This notice is not a voucher for services. Here at Absolute Dental Care, we are accepting patients who would like to be seen under this schedule.

When you make an appointment:

  • Please let our receptionist know that you are wanting to be seen under the CDBS
  • You will need to provide your Medicare card number. Our receptionist then checks your available balance with Medicare
  • On the day of treatment you will need to pay for the treatment provided. There may be a gap payment for some item numbers
  • If further treatment is required, you will be given a quote for this treatment
  • You can then claim reimbursement from Medicare