The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a scheme run by Medicare that provides eligible children with a rebate over 2 calendar years to pay for a range of dental services.

Dental services are capped at $1000 over 2 consecutive calendar years.  The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.

Who is eligible?

The scheme is aimed at families who are already receiving other benefits, such as Family Tax Benefit A payments.

The CDBS is for children aged 2 to 17 who are eligible for Medicare and who also receive at least one of the following benefits:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • help under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) if the child is 16 years or older
  • help under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme if the child is 16 or older.

In some cases, CDBS payments are made to parents, guardians or approved care organisations.

Eligibility is assessed at the beginning of the calendar year. You or your child have to meet the requirements for at least one day of the year. If you or your child become eligible during the calendar year (for example, if your child turns 2 during the year), they will receive a payment for the whole year. Any money you don’t spend in the first year will be carried over to the second year.

What is covered?

CDBS covers dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, repairing cracked teeth, fillings and root canals.

Covered dental services include:

  • examinations
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions, and
  • partial dentures

If your child is eligible for this scheme there is no out of pocket expense for the above mentioned services.

CDBS doesn’t cover orthodontic, cosmetic dental work, or dental services provided in hospital.

More Information

Not all dentists provide services under the CDBS. Saratoga Dental proudly provide services under the CBDS, contact us to find out more on 4363 1449.

Find out more here.

If you are a member of a private health fund, read here.

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