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The Public Dental Care System

You may be eligible to access our oral health services for free or at a reduced cost through the public dental system. If you are receiving free or subsidised services, you will most likely be put on a waiting list, unless you belong to a priority access group.

Public dental services

You may be eligible to access our oral health services for free or at a reduced cost through the public dental system. If you are receiving free or subsidised services, you will most likely be put on a waiting list, unless you belong to a priority access group.

If you have a healthcare card, a pension card, or belong to one of the categories in the table, let our reception staff know when you book an appointment.

If you do not fit into any of the categories, you are most likely not eligible for public dental subsidies. However, you can still access our services as a private patient.

To find out more about our oral health services, click here.

Group Subsidised care Free care Priority access
All children aged 0 – 12 years Yes Yes
Young people aged 13 – 18 who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme Yes Yes
Young people aged 13 – 17 who are Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders, or are dependents of concession card holders Yes Yes
All children and young people aged up to 18 who are in Out-of-Home Care provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Yes Yes
All youth justice clients up to 18 in custodial care Yes Yes
Adults aged 18 and over who are Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders or dependents of concession card holders  Yes
All refugees and asylum seekers Yes Yes
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Yes Yes
Registered clients of mental health and disability services, supported by a letter of recommendation from their case manager Yes Yes
Attendee of a special or special development school, supported by a letter of recommendation from the school Yes Yes
Those receiving care from undergraduate students Yes Yes
Homeless people and people at risk of homelessness Yes Maybe Yes
Pregnant women Maybe Yes

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