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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and was created to provide access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years.

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS will have a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS will provide individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits will not be available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

If you think you or your child may be eligible

The Australian Government will send a notification of eligibility to eligible children or their families in early 2014.

As the payment of benefits will be administered through Medicare, using details held by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, you should ensure that your details are up to date.

  • To update your details with Medicare, phone the patient helpline on 132 011.

  • For FTB-A matters, phone Centrelink on 136 150.

  • To contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs, phone 133 254.

If you are a FTB-A lump sum recipient you should submit your lump sum claim promptly to ensure that you will be able to receive benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.