ALL children under 18 years old are eligible to access free public dental services in NSW.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is an Australian Government program that provides access to up to $1,000 in benefits over two consecutive calendar years, covering most basic general dental services.
This does not include specialist services like orthodontics or services provided under general anaesthetic. You don't need to register your child for the CDBS and families and teenagers will be advised by the Department of Human Services if they are eligible.
To be eligible for the CDBS, a child must be:
- aged between 2-17 years
- their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
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 has been included with your Parent Information and Consent Pack.
No out-of-pocket costs
There are no gap fees for services provided at public dental clinics in NSW - even if the $1,000 benefit cap is reached, or if your child needs treatment that is not covered by the CDBS.
Quality of care
Regardless of whether your child is eligible for the CDBS, they will still benefit from the same high standard of care that all our patients receive. NSW Health have highly trained staff, including dentists and oral health therapists, who are experienced in providing dental care to children.