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Child Dental Benefits Scheme

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Medicare child dental benefit scheme
What is CDBS?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.

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

Eligible children will have access to a benefit cap of $1095.00 over a two calendar year period.
To be eligible a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services. General information about the program can also be found on the Department of Human Services website.

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To be eligble, you must be:
  • aged between 2 and 17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year

  • eligible for Medicare, and

  • getting one of the payments below for at least 1 day of the calendar year

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A

  • Parenting Payment, or

  • Double Orphan Pension


  • Carer Payment

  • ​Disability Support Pension

  • Parenting Payment

  • Special Benefit

  • Youth Allowance

  • financial assistance under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older, or

  • financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at myGov or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011. You can then arrange an appointment with Meadowbrook Dental Synergy and let them know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At the time of the appointment, the dental provider will discuss your child’s treatment before providing the services. You will need to sign a consent form to agree to be bulk billed under Medicare.

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