Reporting your positive result

Reporting your rapid antigen test result helps provide an understanding of cases in the community and also helps you identify if you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your result using the online form.

If you don’t have internet access, report your result by calling the Communicable Disease Control Branch on 1300 232 272.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you can access COVID-19 treatments if you are eligible.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, your result does not need to be confirmed with a PCR test.

Accessing free rapid antigen tests

To help with early detection and treatment of COVID-19, eligible people can access five free rapid antigen tests from RAT Collection Points.

Free rapid antigen tests are available for:

  • people with disability or who are immunocompromised
  • a carer of someone with disability or who is immunocompromised
  • eligible Concession Card holders (including Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and Department of Veterans Affairs Concession Card)

You do not need to register before collecting free rapid antigen tests, but you will be required to show your eligible concession card.

A mask will be required when accessing free rapid antigen tests from RAT Collection Points. Avoid attending if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Find a RAT collection point

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What kind of rapid antigen test should I use?

You should only use a test that has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA website has a list of all home use tests approved by the TGA, along with manufacturer’s instructions for the test.

More detailed information on rapid antigen self-tests can be found on the TGA website.

How do I store and dispose of rapid antigen tests?

Store the test kit in a cool and dry space. Make sure you read the test kit instructions.

Disposal will vary according to information provided with the test instructions. Some tests come with a plastic bag to dispose of the content (including the swab). Test kit materials are not recyclable.

Wash your hands carefully before and after using the test and disposing of the test kit contents.

Information for business and industry

Rapid antigen tests are being used in many businesses and industries as a workplace surveillance tool to screen people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Read more on Rapid antigen testing information for industry.