09 Jul The Child Dental Benefit Scheme remains in operation
The Child Dental Benefit Scheme remains in operation
Published by the ADA on 25 May 2016
When the federal government confirmed in April this year that it intended to close the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) and replace it with the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (caPDS), the scheduled date for cessation of the CDBS was 1 July.
However, the announcement of a federal election for 2 July meant that both houses of Parliament were immediately dissolved and the government was placed into caretaker mode, postponing all legislative changes until parliament resumes some months after the election.
Since schemes like the Child Dental Benefit Scheme can only be terminated by a legislative change, this means that it remains in operation until such time as parliament sits again and a vote to decide whether it continues or not can be taken.
This has been confirmed by the Department of Health which has announced the following via its website:
“On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) from 1 July 2016. As the legislation was not passed by Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the CDBS remains open.”
Given this status, dental practitioners are being encouraged by the ADA to continue to see patients under the scheme until such time as a vote place and the final fate of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme is determined.