Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule commenced on the 1st of January 2014. Its aim was to provide dental care to approximately 3.4million Australian children aged from 2 to 17 years old. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covered up to $1000 over a 2 calendar year period for basic dental services such as dental exams, dental x-rays, dental fillings, fissure sealants, extractions, root canals and partial dentures. On the 1st of January 2020 the $1000 Child Dental Benefit reset for all eligible children.
Everyone deserves great dental care
We believe that all Australians deserve access to great dental care. This is especially true for children. We do not believe that a parent should have to chose between helping a child with a dental emergency, such as a toothache or significant pain, and putting food on the table. We therefore applaud the Australian Government for continuing to fund this scheme so that the young of Australia can access great dental care. While this scheme does not include the full range of services that a child might need (such as orthodontics, crowns, cosmetic dentistry or wisdom tooth removal in a hospital) it is a great help to so many and lets us help with preventative and emergency aspects of a child’s dental care.
At Avenue Dental on the Sunshine Coast and North Lakes we have been bulk billing the treatment for children under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule at our Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Bli Bli, North Lakes, Baringa and Sippy Downs dental practices for the last 6 years.
We have been overwhelmed by the positive response of the community to this government initiative and it has been extremely rewarding to help so many deserving children. In 2020, when the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cap reset, Avenue Dental will again be bulk billing this treatment for all eligible children.
At each of our locations Sunshine Coast and North Lakes dental practices (Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Bli Bli, North Lakes, Baringa and Sippy Downs) we offer the full range of dental services specified in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Check your eligibility
To be eligible for the reset $1000 cap in 2020 under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule you will need to be eligible for Medicare, receive a Family Tax Benefit Part A or equivalent government payment for at least part of the calendar year and be aged from 2 to 17 years for at least one day of the calendar year.
In the last two years the Child Dental Benefits Schedule has helped thousands of children access much needed dental care. Helping so many children in need has been one of the most rewarding experiences for us at Avenue Dental. It is great to be able to provide such high quality dental treatments to these children and to help set them up for a lifetime of healthy dental habits. Starting children on healthy dental habits early can help prevent many dental problems later in life.
To check your eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, please contact one of our friendly receptionists at any of our Sunshine Coast and North Lakes dental practices. They can advise you of your eligibility by checking an online government portal.