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Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme

Aust Gov
4th August 2016

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Health

On 5 May 2016 the Government introduced the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2016 which proposes changes to create a national Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme. It replaces the means-tested Child Dental Benefits Scheme; a rebate scheme which covers children aged two to 17.

The new scheme will provide financial assistance for dental services to children as well as for adults on concession cards, to be provided through the states and territories.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) assessed the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposal prepared by the Department Health as compliant with the Government’s RIS requirements but not best practice. To achieve best practice a considerably higher level of analysis was required to be presented in the RIS.

The RIS estimates the average annual regulatory saving to be $8.9 million per annum, reflecting the reduction in regulatory costs due to the abolition of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. The OBPR has agreed to the estimates.

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