On the last sitting day of Federal Parliament, with the formation of key partnerships between the Australian Dental Association and the Government, there has not yet been an attempt to introduce the legislation to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).
The expiry date was set for 31 December, 2016 for funding to the states and territories for public dental services via the National Partnership Agreement. The Government is expected to make an announcement about the arrangements so that the CDBS will remain operational for both public and private dental sectors into 2017.
The ADA supports the CDBS and its benefits to as many eligible families as possible. Patients need to deliver a clear message to their local member and Senators that the scheme is one worthy of retention as it is providing invaluable care to many children who may not otherwise be able to afford dental care.
The ADA is committed to working with the crossbench and key senators to try to ensure that the CDBS remains in place.