About the schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years.

From 1 January 2021, the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) cap increased from $1000 to $1013. The increase only applies to CDBS customers who get their first dental service in 2021.

Under the CDBS, we cap dental services at $1,013 over 2 consecutive calendar years.

The 2-year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.

Services covered

Dental services covered by the CDBS include:

  • examinations
  • x-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions
  • partial dentures.

Dental service restrictions

The CDBS doesn't cover orthodontic, cosmetic dental work or dental services provided in hospital.

There are some restrictions for dental services. These are in the Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule on the Department of Health’s website.

CDBS legislation

The Dental Benefits Act 2008 and the Dental Benefit Rules regulate the payment of dental benefits. You can access and read these legislative instruments on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Page last updated: 1 June 2021