Public dental services
Public dental services are delivered via a range of facilities including mobile dental clinics, school dental clinics and community dental clinics.
For adults and their dependants to be eligible for publicly funded dental care they must be a Queensland resident and, where applicable, in receipt of benefits from any of the following concession cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
- Pension Concession Card issued by Centrelink
- Health Care Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Queensland Seniors Card
Other people should seek dental treatment from a private dentist.
In certain cases, people on a waiting list for public dental treatment may be offered a voucher for treatment in a private dental practice. Contact your local hospital and health service to find out if you could be included in this program.
Children and adolescents
For children to be eligible to receive publicly funded dental services in Queensland they must be a Queensland resident and be any of the following:
- between 4 years of age and completing Year 10 of secondary school
- younger than 4 years of age or have completed Year 10 of secondary school and are dependants of current concession card holders or hold a current concession card themselves
- under the guardianship of the Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
A completed medical history and consent form is required for all children and young people prior to commencing treatment. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure completed forms are returned to the dental clinic promptly.
Public dental services in Queensland are funded by the government and are provided free to eligible people. You are responsible for the cost of your transport to and from dental clinics.
To find your nearest public dental clinic you can:
- view our local Oral Health Services list
- look under Queensland Health, Dental (Oral) Health Services in the white pages