Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS)

The information below is for people who live in the ACT. You may have received some information in the mail about this program.

As of 1 January 2014, ACT Health is participating in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). This program is an Australian Government health initiative that provides access to benefits for basic dental services to children including dental check-ups, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings and extractions.

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. It will replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP).

Who is eligible?

A child is eligible if he or she is eligible for Medicare and is either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:

  • Youth Allowance
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Carer Payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over

Not all dentists may participate under the Plan and the Dental Health Program does not keep a list of dentists who participate. See the Yellow Pages for listings of private dentists in the ACT.

What to do if your family is eligible?

When you attend an ACT Health community dental clinic, let the receptionist and dental therapist/ oral dental therapist know that you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At the time of the appointment, the dental therapist/ oral health therapist will discuss your child’s treatment. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form. When the dental therapist/ oral health therapist has provided the services agreed for your child, you will be asked to sign a form so that the treatment can be bulk billed to Medicare.

Contact us

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 13 2011.