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Public dental services

Public dental services are delivered via a range of facilities including mobile dental clinics, school dental clinics and community dental clinics.

Eligibility

Adults

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.

Child and adolescent oral health services

All Queensland resident children 4 years of age or older who have not completed Year 10 of secondary school are eligible for publicly funded oral health care via Queensland Health's Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services (previously referred to as the School Dental Service/Program.) Children younger than 4 years of age and those who have completed Year 10 of secondary school are also eligible for publicly funded oral health care if they are dependents of current concession card holders or hold a current concession card themselves.

Eligibility for publicly funded oral health care in Queensland has also been extended to match the CDBS eligibility criteria. This means that 2–4 year olds and 16–17 year olds are also eligible to receive services in Queensland Health clinics if they are CDBS-eligible.

General courses of oral health care are usually provided on-site at schools through fixed or mobile dental clinics. Some hospital and health services have reviewed and revised their service models and now provide oral health care to children and adolescents at larger dental clinics located within their hospital and health services rather than on-site within schools. Oral health care is provided by teams of oral health staff including dentists, oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental assistants.

For children to be eligible for free public oral health services they must:

  • be Queensland residents or attend a Queensland school; and,
  • be eligible for Medicare; and,
  • meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • be aged four years or older and have not completed Year 10; or,
    • be eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule; or,
    • hold, or be listed as a dependent on, a valid Centrelink concession card

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.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

This is a dental benefits program by the Australian Government for eligible children aged 2–17 years that provides up to $1000 in benefits for basic dental services in either a public or private setting. This includes dental examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be used to pay for services provided in a hospital.

For eligibility to the CDBS a child needs to be:

  • 2 to 17 years old for at least 1 day that year and their carer must be in receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
  • eligible for Medicare
  • getting a payment from Centrelink at least once a year, or have a parent getting a payment from Centrelink at least once a year.

For more information about the CDBS, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

This is a dental benefits program by the Australian Government for eligible children aged 2–17 years that provides up to $1000 in benefits for basic dental services in either a public or private setting. This includes dental examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be used to pay for services provided in a hospital.

For eligibility to the CDBS a child needs to be between 2–17 years old and their carer must be in receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

For more information about the CDBS, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Cost

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.

Locations

To find your nearest public dental clinic you can: