ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

2017 Budget — Dental care spending


The 2017 Australian Government Budget provides additional funding for existing over 2017-18, with the Australian Government expecting to make payments of $346 Million under schemes covered by the Dental Benefits Act (Cth) 2008.

National Partnership Agreement —

The budget papers show an allocation of $107.8 Mil over 2017-18 and that again in 2018-19 to support the improved oral health of patients who rely on the public dental system. It has signalled that it is committed to finalising negotiations with the States and Territories on a new NPA for additional adult public dental services.

RFDS Rural & Remote Dental Services —

The Government is allocating $11 million over two years to fund delivery of Royal Flying Doctor Service dental services to rural and remote Australia, giving people access to mobile outreach dental services in areas where permanent dental services are not viable.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule Increased Cap

The Government is committed to improving Australian children’s dental health and ensuring that children across the country have access to dentists when they need it. A further $163.6 million over five years will be provided to increase the two-calendar-year benefits cap from $700 to $1,000 for all children eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, retrospectively from 1 January 2017. The funding will maintain prices for items on the CDBS for a further two years to 31 December 2020.

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
...Department of Human Services
$1.5 Mil
...Department of Health $5.1 Mil $38.2 Mil $42.9 Mil $38.8 Mil $37.1 Mil
...Total — Expense $6.6 Mil $38.2 Mil $42.9 Mil $38.8 Mil $37.1 Mil

The budget papers show that over 2016-17 some 1.05 million children benefited from the CDBS, with a target of 1.11 Million in 2017-18, 1.16 Million in 2018-19, 1.22 Million in 2019-20 and 1.30 Million on 2020-21.

This update was issued on 9 May 2017 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy (including passage of the supporting legislation through the parliament) and also compliance obligations. It is recommended that expert advice be sought before taking action based upon the information presented here.

Budget Briefing —

Stakeholders from across the dental industry are encouraged to attend the 2017 ADIA Australian Government Budget Briefing that will be held on 24 May 2017 in Sydney. It will be presented by Bill Evans, the Chief Economist at Westpac. [Register Today]

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to ensure that the initiatives within the 2016 Australian Government budget support the dental industry, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to ensure that the Australian Government budget supports the dental industry, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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