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Who is eligible?


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Dental Health Service Victoria is committed to providing high quality dental care services. DHSV provides routine, emergency and specialist dental care to eligible Victorians.

Who is Eligible for Public dental care?

To access dental care through the public dental system, you need to be eligible. Extra eligibility criteria may apply for dental specialist dental services.


You are eligible for Public dental services if you:

Children and Young People

You are eligible for public dental services if you:

  • Live in Victoria and
  • Are aged 0-12 years of age, irrespective of family income or
  • Are aged between 2–17 and are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule or
  • Are aged between 13-17 with a Health Care card or Pension Card or whose parents hold a Health Care card or Pension Card or
  • Are a youth justice client in custodial care, regardless of age, or
  • Are aged up to 18 years of age and are in out-of-home care, provided by the Children Youth and Families Division of the Department of Human Services

Priority Access

If you are eligible for public dental services, you may also have priority access. You will be offered the next available appointment for general dental care. You are not placed on a general care waitlist.

If you need dentures, you will be offered the next available appointment for denture care. You may be added to a priority denture list.

The following groups have priority access to public dental services:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Children (0-12 years) and young people
  • Homeless people and people at risk of homelessness
  • Pregnant women
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Registered clients of mental health and disability services. You must have a letter of recommendation from a case manager or staff of special developmental schools.

If you have children aged between 2 and 17 years and you don't hold a concession card

They may still be able to get free dental care through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Dental care for 2-17 year olds are eligible if they receive Family Tax Benefit A or other relevant Australian Government payments. Find out more about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.