what is VGDS or victorian general dental scheme

VGDS is a public dental scheme intended to provide both basic preventative and restorative oral health care benefits to eligible Victorians.It was established with the view of making it easier for Victorians to access affordable dental services. 

When your local community dental practice can not give you primary care, you may be issued a voucher to visit a private dentist. You’ll be charged the same amount as if you were visiting a community dental clinic. However, the voucher may not cover certain dental services. In this case, you may have treatment at a private clinic, but the cost will be entirely your responsibility.

  • Vouchers are only good for 3 months after they have been issued.
  • Co-payments are required for each item, which is $30. This voucher is valued at $875.

(Amounts quoted are valid as of March 2022). 

You must fulfill specific criteria to utilize the public dentistry system. There may be additional criteria for acceptance of dental specialist services.


  • A resident in Victoria and
  • Has a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
  • Has been issued a Veteran Gold Card or Veteran Pensioner Concession card by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA).
  • Indigenous peoples, such as Aboriginals, and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Asylum seekers and refugees alike.

Children and Young People

  • A resident in Victoria and
  • Under the age of 12, regardless of family income or age or
  • Between the ages of 2 and 17 who meet the requirements for the Child Dental Benefits Scheduleor
  • Youth between the ages of 13 to 17 who have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Card or their parents also have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Card or
  • All youth justice clients who are in custodial care and are under the age of 18.
  • Children and young people under the care of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) (including those in kinship and foster care) up to the age of 18. 

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