Claiming the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

You may be eligible to claim up to $1095 in free dental* for your child through the Australian government’s CDBS.

Kids with young teeth needing dental check-ups

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government-supported program that gives financial assistance to eligible children. A total of up to $1095 over two consecutive calendar years can be claimed.

Do you qualify for CDBS?

Usually, you’ll know if you qualify as the Australian government or Medicare would have sent you a letter explaining your eligibility. However, letters are easily thrown out, and approximately only a third of entitled individuals take up the service.

Claiming the CDBS at our clinic

Claiming the CDBS is simple. When you call to make the appointment, let us know that you are claiming through the CDBS. It’s that easy.

Eligibility (In summary)

  • The child is 2 to 17 yrs (for at least one day that year)
  • You are eligible for Medicare
  • You are getting a payment from the Australian government at least once a year, or having a parent getting a payment from the government at least once a year
  • You are the child’s parent, guardian or the approved care organisation

Read more info on CDBS eligibility here.

Dental services claimable through CDBS

  • Dental checkups
  • Scale/clean/polish/x-ray
  • Tooth fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canal

If you’re not sure how much of your $1052 limit you have left, you can check your Medicare online account or call the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.

* “Free dental” means you won’t have any expense to pay as the Commonwealth government’s CDBS bulk billed by our dental clinic, provided you are eligible.

Contact us today to find out more about the CDBS.