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How much you pay for public dental care depends on your situation and the type of treatment you need. You may be able to get treatment for free or there may be a cost involved. For more information, see below or telephone 1300 360 054 (standard charges apply).

Emergency dental care
General course of dental care
Denture care
Specialist services
Fee exemptions

Please note: These fees are effective from 1 September 2013. All fees are subject to change.

Emergency dental care*

 

Children (0-12 years), Youth (13 to 17 years) and Priority groups
 
  • All children (12 years and under)
  • Youth (13 to 17 years) who hold a valid concession card or are a dependent of a concession card holder
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • All children and young people up to 18 years of age, who are in out-of-home care provided by the Children Youth and Families Division of the Department of Human Services
  • All youth justice clients up to 18 years of age in custodial care
  • Registered clients of mental health and disability services, supported by a letter of recommendation from their case manager or staff of special development schools
  • Those receiving care from undergraduate students
  Free

Adults (18 years and over)*
 

Adults who hold a valid health care or pensioner concession card  

$26.00 for an emergency course of care. This includes assessment and treatment of the tooth/gums/false teeth that is causing pain.

 

Adults who do not hold a valid health care or pensioner concession card  

Treatment available at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne only. Fees will be similar to what you would pay at a private dentist. You need to pay $150 before the appointment and pay the remaining balance after the appointment.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander you can receive free emergency treatment at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

                                                                                            
General course of dental care (excluding dentures)
Adults (18 years and over)*
 
     

Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders
 
 
$26.00 per visit (the most you will need to pay for a complete general course of care is $104). This includes examination and all general dental treatment.

Homeless people and people at risk of homelessness
 
 
Free

Refugees and asylum seekers
 
 
Free

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 
 
Free

Adults who do not fit into any of the above categories
 
 
Not eligible for general public dental care.
Children (0-12 years) and Youth (12-17 years) *

     


Children and youths who are government concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders 
 

 


Free


Refugees or asylum seekers
 
 
Free


Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 

 
Free


Cared for by the Children, Youth and Families Division of the Department of Human Services
 

 
Free

Attendee of a special or special development school
 
 
Free

Children (12 years and under) who do not fit into any of the above categories
 
 
$31.00 per child for a course of general care which includes an examination and all general dental treatment (with a maximum of $124 per family per year).
 

Youth (13-17 years) who are not government concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders 
 
Not eligible for general public dental care.
Specialist services*

Fees for specialist services (The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne only) will be dependent on the treatment provided up to a maximum of $312 for a course of care.

Fee exemptions

Free treatment for public dental services applies to the following people:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Homeless people and people at risk of homelessness
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Children and young people aged 0-17 years who are health care or pensioner concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders
  • All children and young people up to 18 years of age, who are in out-of-home care provided by the Children Youth and Families Division of the Department of Human Services
  • All youth justice clients up to 18 years of age in custodial care
  • Registered clients of mental health and disability services, supported by a letter of recommendation from their case manager or staff of special developmental schools
  • Those receiving care from undergraduate students
  • Those experiencing financial hardship

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Denture care*

Fees for dentures are dependent on the type of dentures required - $63.00 per denture, capped at $126 for a full upper and lower acrylic denture.

*These fees are effective from 1 September 2013. All fees are subject to change.