Child Dental Benefits Scheme 2020

Page last updated: 23 Feb, 2020.

Don’t miss out on the Government’s $1,000 dental benefit for your child…to safeguard their oral health and well-being.

Choice Dental is happy to support all patients who are eligible for assistance under the CDBS.
To book your child in for their free dental treatment, or for more information about how to use the CDBS, call Choice Dental on 07 3809 3320

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is a government funded dental health program which provides approximately 3 million Australian children (aged 2 – 17) with access to a benefit cap of up to $1,000 for basic dental services over a consecutive two year period.


The 2 year cap period begins with your child’s first dental visit that is covered by the benefit. If you don’t use the entire $1,000 benefit in the first year, you can continue to access the balance of your child’s benefit in the second year – as long as your child is still eligible.

At the end of the 2 year period, you cannot carry forward any remaining balance into the following year. You will have to begin a new 2 year benefit cap period.

The CDBS covers a range of basic dental services*:

  • clean and scale
  • check-ups and examinations
  • X-rays
  • fissure sealing
  • filling treatments
  • root canal therapy
  • tooth extractions

*The CDBS benefit is not available for cosmetic or orthodontic dental services.


To be eligible for the CDBS, your child must be aged between 2 and 17, be eligible for Medicare, and be receiving one of the following Government payments (for you, your child or your teenage child’s partner) on at least 1 day within the calendar year:

  • Family Tax Benefit A
  • Parenting payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Carer payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Financial assistance from the Veteran’s Children Education Scheme (VCES)
  • Financial assistance from the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) – if your child is over 16

You should also have received a letter from Medicare advising you of your children’s eligibility for the CDBS.

No payments and no gap fees

Choice Dental electronically bulk bill all general dental services which are covered by the CDBS – so you won’t have to submit a claim. There are also no gap fees unless you exceed the $1,000 limit within the 2 year benefit cap period.

For a safe, comfortable and nurturing dental home for your child, look no further than Choice Dental.

Call us today on 07 3809 3320