Dental services for people seeking asylum seekers
All refugee and asylum seekers have free access to public dental services. Refugees and asylum seekers can get treatment via:
- community dental clinics in community health services
- the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
- rural and regional hospitals.
What will dental treatment cost?
There is no cost for refugees or asylum seekers. You are fee exempt. This includes:
- emergency dental care
- general dental care
- denture care
- specialist care
Learn more about the cost of dental treatment
Will I be on a waiting list?
There are no waiting lists for refugee or asylum seekers. You will get the next available appointment.
Note: There is a high demand for specialist dental care you may have to wait some months for an appointment..
If you need a telephone interpreting services call TIS National Services by calling 131 450. Learn more about language Interpreter services
Who classifies as a refugee or asylum seeker?
A refugee is person who
- is outside their country of origin
- has left their country of origin because of fear of persecution, due to race, religion, nationality or membership of a particular social group or political opinion
An asylum seeker is a person
- has applied to the Australian Government for recognition as a refugee; and
- is waiting to have their claim assessed
How can I prove I am a refugee or asylum seeker?
When you have an appointment, you need to bring identification. Documents you could bring to show you are a refugee or asylum seeker are:
- Evidence of immigration status card ImmiCard
- PTV Asylum Seeker ID
- SRSS payment card
- Protection visa application letter
- Judicial review - re-application for BVE letter
- International Health and Services (IHMS) card
- letter from a support provider from a health provider; charity or lawyer
- Interim Medicare card
Information for professionals
Refugee oral health Fact Sheet 1 - Identifying clients of refugee & asylum seeker background
Refugee oral health Fact Sheet 2 - Working with refugee and asylum seeker clients
Find out about other refugee and asylum seeker health and wellbeing services