What is the CDBS?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years that provides up to $1,000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services over a 2 year period.
Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, teeth cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Many of these services have claiming restrictions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Who Is Eligible For The CDBS?
A child’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year and lasts the whole calendar year. A child is eligible if they are:
- aged between 2-17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part-A; or
- receiving one of the following Australian Government Payments:
- Youth Allowance
- Abstudy Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Carer Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
How Do I Know If My Child/Teen Or Children Are Eligible For The CDBS?
- You may receive a letter from Medicare about Child Dental Benefits Schedule
- You can confirm your eligibility by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.
What If My Child Is Not Eligible Under The CDBS?
Even if your child is not eligible under the CDBS, they will still be able to participate in the 'My School Dentist' program at no out of pocket expense to the school or parents - so long as all requested information and records are submitted to their teacher by the school deadline.