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Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

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


The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.



The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.


For more information on inclusions and eligibility please view the following link


Services, Benefits and Out of Pocket Expenses

Here at All Smiles Family Dental Care, we bulk bill for the majority of the eligible services under CDBS, subject to eligibility. You will not pay out of pocket expenses for these services, subject to sufficient funds being available.


The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.


In the event that you have reached your capped limit, you will be required to personally meet the costs of any further additional services provided. The dentist will inform you in this situation prior to commencement of the treatment and also advise you of the likely cost of the proposed treatment.


The CDBS also imposes a limit and restriction on a range of services.

The dentist will inform you of this as you may also incur out of pocket cost in these situations.


For example, benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.


I’ve been advised that my children are eligible for Child Dental Benefits Schedule, what do I do now?

Once you have received a letter from Department of human services notifying your eligibility, you can simply contact us or request for a callback so that we can make you an appointment for your first visit. You will need to present your Medicare card and the letter stating your eligibility on the day of your appointment.

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