It is vital to your children's future to make sure they are receiving the dental care they need. Unfortunately the costs for looking after both yours and your children's oral health can sometimes be to great, and for some lower income families that is certainly the case.
The Australian Government offers up to $1,000 every two years for children that are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Who is Eligible?
You can get the benefits for your child if:
- you're their parent or guardian, or
- you're an approved care organisation
- the child gets an eligible payment for at least 1 day of the calendar year
Children who get payments n their own name can also get the benefits if they're:
- 2 to 17 years old for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare, and
- getting an eligible payment for at least 1 day of the calendar year
In some circumstances, teenagers who have a partner that get a payment from us may also be eligible to get the benefits.
Child's Parent, Carer, or Guardian:
- Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Parenting Payment
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Special Benefit
- Youth Allowance
- help under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) if the child is 16 years or older
- help under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme if the child is 16 years or older
Dental services covered under the Schedule
Dental services that the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include:
- Fissure Sealing
- Root Canals
There are some restrictions for basic dental services. You can ask one of the staff for more information on any treatment or time restrictions before starting any service.