About the CDBS

All children (under 18 years old) can access free public dental services in NSW. All children receive the same high quality care regardless of CDBS eligibility and no fees are charged, even if your CDBS has been fully used up.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is an Australian Government program that provides access to up to $1026 in benefits over two consecutive calendar years, covering most basic general dental services (but not specialist services like orthodontics or services provided under general anaesthetic.)

You don't need to register for the CDBS, and will usually be notified by Services Australia if you are eligible.

To be eligible for the CDBS, a child or young person:

  • must be aged 17 years or under, and
  • their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

Visit the Services Australia website for more information about the program. You can also check your child’s eligibility and CDBS balance through your Medicare online account at MyGov, or by calling 132 011.

How can I access the CDBS for my child?

Your child can access dental care under the CDBS through public dental clinics in NSW (including NSW Health school-based dental services) or through private dental providers.

Using the CDBS at your local public dental clinic is easy and convenient. When your child attends a public dental service, you will be asked to sign a form allowing us to bulk-bill for the services we provide.

If your child’s care is being provided through the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program, a bulk-billing consent form will be included with your Parent Information and Consent Pack.

No out-of-pocket costs at NSW Health clinics

There are no gap fees for services provided at public dental clinics in NSW - even if the $1,026 benefit cap is reached, or if your child needs treatment that is not covered by the CDBS.

Quality dental care

It doesn't matter if your child is or isn't eligible for the CDBS. All children receive the same high standard of care that all of our patients receive.

NSW Health employs highly trained dental professionals, including dentists and oral health therapists, who are experienced in providing dental care to children.

Contact your local public dental service today to make an appointment for your child.


Current as at: Friday 27 May 2022