The indexation amount of dental benefits payable for dental services provided under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will increase at the start of the coming calendar year.
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including exams, x-rays, fillings and root canals (it excludes orthodontic or cosmetic dental procedures), for children aged 2-17 years whose parents receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
Eligible children are given an allocation of up to $1000 over a two-calendar year period to spend on these services; this amount will also increase on 1 January 2022 to $1013, with a further rise for the 2022-2023 period to $1026.
Provided dentists are registered with the Dental Board of Australia and hold a Medicare provider number, they can provide services under the CDBS but before any treatment commences the eligibility of the child for the CDBS must be confirmed and the remaining amount of funds in their allocation must also be checked.
This can be done online at Health Professionals Online Services.