Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme
On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to establish a Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme in partnership with states and territories.
Legislation to establish the scheme was not passed by the Parliament in 2016. There will be no changes to existing arrangements until further notice.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Commonwealth provides assistance for 2-17 year olds through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The CDBS provides individual benefits for 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. Details about this program can be found on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule page.
National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services
The NPA on Adult Public Dental Services provided the states and territories $155 million during 2015-16 for additional services to around 178,000 adult public dental patients.
Public Dental Services
For more details on public dental services in your state or territory, visit your State Health Department's website:
- Australian Capital Territory - ACT Health
- New South Wales - NSW Health
- Northern Territory - Department of Health
- Queensland - Queensland Health
- South Australia - South Australian Dental Service
- Tasmania - Oral Health Services Tasmania
- Victoria - Department of Health
- Western Australia - Dental Health Service
Information on the Commonwealth's dental health initiatives
National Oral Health Plan
The National Oral Health Plan provides strategic direction to strengthen the national oral system and reduce the burden of oral disease.
The Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024 was prepared by the Oral Health Monitoring Group, a subcommittee of the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee which reports through the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to the COAG Health Council.
For further information on the Plan, please visit the COAG Health Council website.