Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is set to continue after the Australian Dental Association successfully lobbied to keep the scheme running beyond it’s planned December 31st, 2016 deadline.
The popular scheme has helped around 3 million children access basic dental care since 2014 and is accessible for both private and public sectors. This is great news for eligible parents with children aged between 2-17 years who may receive up to $700 worth of basic dental services including examinations, cleaning, fillings, fissure sealing, x-rays or root canals over a two-year period from commencement. However, children who began a two-year cap in 2016 will continue to have access to the higher benefits of up to $1,000 over a two-year period, provided they are still eligible. Unfortunately benefits do not extend to orthodontic or cosmetic dental work or services provided in a hospital.
Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services or by visiting their website.