Approximately 1 in 3 Australians are eligible for public dental care, but the waitlist can be a long one with patients waiting sometimes years to be treated. This is why the Australian Government works closely with the States and territories to fund dental services, such as dental health vouchers, which are typically issued for emergency dental care and select general dental treatments.
To be eligible to receive a Government dental health voucher you must satisfy certain criteria, which can differ from State to State.
We have briefly summarised this below:
Under the Oral Health Fee For Service Scheme (OHFFSS), vouchers may be offered to eligible patients in emergency cases or when the public dental service, cannot provide the specific treatment required.
Patients who have been given an OHFFSS voucher can use it with any provider registered for the scheme up until the expiry date.
NSW adult residents must be eligible for Medicare and have their name listed on one of the following Australian Government concession cards:
Further information on accessing dental health services can be found here.
Queensland adults residents must be eligible for Medicare and receive benefits from any of the following concession cards:
More information on eligibility can be found in the Oral Health Services Guidelines.
Adult residence of the ACT, aged 18 and over, is available to those that hold:
There may be a cost, or a co-payment for your dental care.
Further information on accessing dental health services and booking an appointment can be found here.
Victorian residents, aged 18 and over, may be eligible for public dental care when they hold one of the below cards.
Refugee or asylum seekers, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible for public dental care.
Further information on eligibility, general care and emergency vouchers for dental care and fees involved in treatment can be found here.