Rapid Antigen Test

Two groups of people will soon be able to receive free rapid antigen tests:

  • Concession Card Holders
  • People who are deemed to be a close contact or those who are symptomatic

If you test positive from a rapid antigen test, there is no requirement to have a PCR test to confirm diagnosis. You are assumed to have Covid-19 and are required to isolate for 7 days. More information can be found here about isolation.

If your rapid antigen test returns a positive result, you are now required to report the result to the Department of Health. You can do this online by using the self-reporting form or calling 1800 675 398

More information can be found here about reporting your result.

But there are some circumstances where it is recommended you confirm your positive rapid antigen test result with a PCR test.

Tested positive on a rapid antigen testGetting a PCR to confirm your result
You have COVID-19 symptoms.Not recommended.
You have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.Not recommended.
You don’t have symptoms and don’t believe you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.Recommended. You are still likely to have COVID-19. Stay isolated for 7 days. If your PCR result comes back negative, you are not a case and can leave isolation.
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