CDBS (Child Dental Benefit Scheme)

Take Care of Your Children’s Teeth for Free

The 2 year cap period begins with your child’s first dental visit that is covered by the benefit. If you don’t use the entire $1,026 benefit in the first year, you can continue to access the balance of your child’s benefit in the second year – as long as your child is still eligible.

At the end of the 2 year period, you cannot carry forward any remaining balance into the following year. You will have to begin a new 2 year benefit cap period.

The CDBS covers a range of basic services*:

  • clean and scale
  • check-ups and examinations
  • X-rays
  • fissure sealing
  • filling treatments
  • root canal therapy
  • tooth extractions

*The CDBS benefit is not available for cosmetic or orthodontic dental services for children.

Child Dental Benefits Eligibility

To be eligible for the CDBS, your child must be aged between 2 and 17, be eligible for Medicare, and be receiving one of the following Government payments (for you, your child or your teenage child’s partner) on at least 1 day within the calendar year:

  • Family Tax Benefit A
  • Parenting payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Carer payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Financial assistance from the Veteran’s Children Education Scheme (VCES)
  • Financial assistance from the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) – if your child is over 16

You should also have received a letter from Medicare advising you of your children’s eligibility for the CDBS.


No payments and no gap fees for all general dental services

Allenby Gardens Dental electronically bulk bill all general dental services for children covered by the CDBS – so you won’t have to submit a claim. There are also no gap fees unless you exceed the $1,026 limit within the 2-year benefit cap period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept all health funds?

We accept all health funds.  Please bring your private health insurance card on the day for payment. We are also preferred providers for Bupa, Medibank and HCF. Patients associated with health funds can take advantage of the rebate which means less money out of your pocket. We also accept the Department of Veterans Affairs and Child dental benefit scheme.

How can I pay?

We accept cash, direct deposit, Visa or Mastercards, american express, EFTOPS.

Do you accept new patients?

We welcome new patients to join our Allenby Gardens Dental family. We look forward to meeting you and looking after you, we’ll also extend our welcome and service to your wider circle of family and friends.

What does my first appointment involve?

Please arrive 10 mins earlier to fill in our new patient medical and dental history form, so that we can gather all the information before discussing with our dentist your chief concerns, which we will aim to address first. If time permits, our dentists will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and take some X-rays to make sure we identify all issues in regards to your oral health. We will then provide you with insights about your teeth and oral hygiene, and if required – discuss possible personalised treatment options with you, providing detailed explanations using visuals from photos and X-rays. We don’t just look after you today but we also plan with you for the next 10 years.

How often should I come in for a check up?

At Allenby Gardens Dental, we recommend our patients to come back twice a year to have a regular check up and clean. This can help us to identify problems early and treat the issue when it is easy to manage. It is also important to maintain the healthiness of your teeth and gum.

At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

We recommend parents to bring their child in for their first visit when their first tooth has come through. This will allow the kid to get used to the dental environment and enjoy a ride in the chair. Our goal is to establish a comfortable and pleasant experience for the child and establish a good impression from a young age, so that we can help guide them towards looking after their oral hygiene together.