At the beginning of 2014, The Department of Human Services (Medicare) introduced the Child Dental Benefits Scheme which is a new child dental program that provides eligible children and teenagers aged 2 to 17 with up to $1,000, capped over two consecutive calendar years, for basic dental services.
Eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter from the Australian Government to confirm eligibility. To be eligible a child must be:
- aged between 2 and 17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare and
- receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A for at least part of the calendar year
To find out if your child is eligible call The Department of Human Services General Enquiries Line on 132 011
Benefits can be used towards a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and extractions.
If you have received a letter from the Department of Human Services, you can call 132 011 to confirm eligibility and check the remaining balance. Then all you need to do is call us to make an appointment. Please let us know at the time of the booking that your child is eligible for this scheme.