A home use test for COVID-19 can be used conveniently and safely without the supervision of a Health Care Practitioner.
Rapid antigen tests for concession card holders§
From 24 January 2022, eligible Commonwealth concession card holders are able to access free rapid antigen tests through participating community pharmacies, including select PharmaSave pharmacies.
To access free rapid antigen tests in participating pharmacies, eligible concession card holders will need to provide one of the following:
If you are eligible, you may receive:
This initiative is available at participating PharmaSave pharmacies and is dependent on stock availability. This is a Commonwealth Government initiative and details may change. For the latest information, including eligibility, please visit the Commonwealth Department of Health site here.
Stock of rapid antigen tests in our pharmacies may vary due to high demand. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work hard to continue to deliver exceptional customer service, administer vaccines and support your healthcare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
§Negative results do not exclude infection with COVID-19. For positive test results follow Department of Health guidelines. Available at selected pharmacies. Purchase limits may apply. Proof of eligibility for free tests for Commonwealth concession card holders is required, limits apply.
Advantages of a Home Nasal Swab Antigen Test
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When to Use the Home Rapid Antigen Test
How to Use:
Two lines appear in the main window. Line in Control Region (C) and any visible line in Test Region (T). A very faint line in the Test region (T) is also still considered to be a positive result.
If a positive result is obtained, visit a COVID-19 clinic for a PCR rest immediately to confirm the result.
One line appears in Control Region (C) and no apparent line in Test Region (T).
No line in Control Region (C), with or without a line in the Test Region (T).
Disposal of Used Tests
Used rapid antigen test cassettes, swabs, buffer tubes, plastic gloves and all other items in contact with bodily fluids should be double-bagged in plastic, leak-proof bags and disposed in the normal household rubbish disposal.
Frequently Asked Questions
The COVID-19 rapid antigen test is a single-use test kit intended to detect COVID-19 antigen in a nasal swab. Evidence of performance against major strains, including Omicron. Refer to the test package insert for full details.
Within the first 7 days of symptom onset.
If you receive a positive result, follow local Department of Health guidelines in your State or Territory.