Benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over two 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 and extractions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
What is the Growing up Smiling scheme and who is eligible?
From January 2014 the Federal Government’s new dental scheme, Growing Up Smiling – Child Dental Benefits Schedule, replaced the previous Medicare Teen Dental Plan. The new scheme is designed to assist around 3.4 million children between the ages of two and 17.
Simply call or email us today to make an appointment and let us know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
At your appointment, we’ll discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form.
Eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter to confirm eligibility.
A child’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year and lasts the whole calendar year.
A child is eligible if they are:
- aged between two and 17 years for at least one day of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare
- either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:
- Youth Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Carer Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
- Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over.