$1000 Free Child Dental Benefit
The Australian Government is expected to assist around 3.4 million children improve their dental health via a new Government funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule commenced in January 2014 and continues in 2015. The scheme is designed to assist eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age
In 2014, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
Benefits will cover a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.