Private dental may prove the way to go once you are here. However, they may not cover your daughters dental if its an ongoing thing (if it works like the medical side of things is where I am going out from) or orthodontics, so you may need factor in costs for that. You can perhaps research in advance before arriving on all this.
People should be aware that depending on their visa type and a few other things, their kids may be eligible for the child dental benefit scheme and be able to have $1000 worth of dental treatment over a 2 year period. And at the end of the 2 years, if still eligible the clock resets and you get the cover again.
From the SA gov website. There is a link on the page that lsits the school dental locations if anyone wanted to check it out. We used the one at Marion and found them very good. Modern facility, lovely dentist.
Does Medicare cover dental treatment through the school dental service?
From January 2014 Medicare will introduce The Child Dental Benefit Scheme . Eligible children will receive up to $1,000 of dental care over a two year period. For more information ask your local school dental clinic or visit the Department of Health and Ageing website(opens in a new window).
and also from the link on that page -
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.
The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.