The Child Dental Benefits Schedule

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.

Page last updated: 06 August 2021

Program information for families

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 $1,013 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 Services Australia. General information about the program can be found on the Services Australia website.

Program information for providers

Resources to assist providers to participate in the CDBS can be found below.

The Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was updated to version eight on 2 August 2021. Version eight includes updates to the Dental Benefits Rules 2014 Schedule 1 – Dental Benefits Schedule and Schedule 3 – Benefit limits which were updated to include indexation starting as at 1 January 2021.

Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 246 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)

Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (PDF 289 KB)
Informed Financial Consent – Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form (Word 479 KB)

Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (PDF 1169 KB)
Ministerial Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances for Informed Financial Consent (Word 502 KB)

Further information for providers on the CDBS, including a quick reference guide and information on Medicare registration and claiming, is available from the Services Australia website.

Translated resources for providers

The Bulk Billing and Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Forms have now been translated into 20 community languages and are available for downloading at Translated Informed Financial Consent Forms.

Compliance activities for dental providers

The Department of Health is responsible for making sure that claims paid under the CDBS comply with the legislative requirements of the program. Information on your obligations and our compliance activities can be viewed on our webpage at Health Professional Compliance and CDBS legislation can be viewed under the “Laws” section of the Dental Health webpage, or by clicking the Federal Register of Legislation link provided below in the Legislation section of this webpage.

Legislation

The legislation for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule includes:

  • Dental Benefits Act 2008
  • Dental Benefits Rules 2014
  • Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973

The legislation can be accessed at the Federal Register of Legislation.