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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule

An Overview

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government incentive that has been running since the beginning of 2014. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 years old who are eligible for the CBDS can have part or all of the cost of their dental services covered. 

The CDBS is means tested and is capped at $1000 per child every two years. If your child is covered by the CDBS, they can receive affordable or free dental treatments, including general dentistry examinations, digital x-rays, sealing and fillings, tooth extractions, and root canal therapy

Is My Child Eligible for the CDBS? 

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme is available to families, as well as teenagers and approved care organisations. These benefits can be assessed and reassessed every year, and each assessment is valid for the calendar year. 

If your child is between 2 and 17 years old, is eligible for Medicare, and is part of a family receiving government payments or the Family Tax Benefit Part A, they may be eligible for the CBDS. 

The government payments that are considered for eligibility are:

  • ABSTUDY
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • Youth Allowance 

If you are eligible for the CBDS, you will be informed by mail.

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What You Receive on the Child Dental Benefits Scheme 

All benefits received through the CDBS are capped at $1000 for a consecutive two-year period and cover a range of common dental procedures. There are, however, certain exceptions, such as orthodontic work, cosmetic dentistry services, and hospital services.  

Any balance remaining in the $1000 benefit at the end of the first year will carry over to the next year (if you are still eligible). However, at the end of the two-year period your balance will reset, and any remaining benefits will not carry over into the third year. 

Services received under the CDBS do not count towards your thresholds for the Medicare Safety Net or Extended Safety Net. 

How to Use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? 

  1. To confirm eligibility, call Medicare on 132 011 or access Medicare online via MyGov
  2. Make an appointment with Odontologie Dental Care and tell us you’re eligible for the CDBS
  3. All treatments and their associated costs to you will be discussed at your appointment
  4. After this discussion, you will be given a consent form to sign
  5. You will either be bulk billed or charged for our services, after which you can claim the benefit 

Learn More about the CDBS 

For more information about the CDBS, families can visit the Department of Human Services website. To make a CDBS appointment with Odontologie Dental Care, call (02) 9725 6241 or visit our clinic in Lansvale.

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule

An Overview

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government incentive that has been running since the beginning of 2014. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 years old who are eligible for the CBDS can have part or all of the cost of their dental services covered. 

The CDBS is means tested and is capped at $1000 per child every two years. If your child is covered by the CDBS, they can receive affordable or free dental treatments, including general dentistry examinations, digital x-rays, sealing and fillings, tooth extractions, and root canal therapy

Is My Child Eligible for the CDBS? 

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme is available to families, as well as teenagers and approved care organisations. These benefits can be assessed and reassessed every year, and each assessment is valid for the calendar year. 

If your child is between 2 and 17 years old, is eligible for Medicare, and is part of a family receiving government payments or the Family Tax Benefit Part A, they may be eligible for the CBDS. 

The government payments that are considered for eligibility are:

  • ABSTUDY
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • Youth Allowance 

If you are eligible for the CBDS, you will be informed by mail.

child dental benefit

What You Receive on the Child Dental Benefits Scheme 

All benefits received through the CDBS are capped at $1000 for a consecutive two-year period and cover a range of common dental procedures. There are, however, certain exceptions, such as orthodontic work, cosmetic dentistry services, and hospital services.  

Any balance remaining in the $1000 benefit at the end of the first year will carry over to the next year (if you are still eligible). However, at the end of the two-year period your balance will reset, and any remaining benefits will not carry over into the third year. 

Services received under the CDBS do not count towards your thresholds for the Medicare Safety Net or Extended Safety Net. 

How to Use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? 

  1. To confirm eligibility, call Medicare on 132 011 or access Medicare online via MyGov
  2. Make an appointment with Odontologie Dental Care and tell us you’re eligible for the CDBS
  3. All treatments and their associated costs to you will be discussed at your appointment
  4. After this discussion, you will be given a consent form to sign
  5. You will either be bulk billed or charged for our services, after which you can claim the benefit 

Learn More about the CDBS 

For more information about the CDBS, families can visit the Department of Human Services website. To make a CDBS appointment with Odontologie Dental Care, call (02) 9725 6241 or visit our clinic in Lansvale.

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