Changes to COVID-19 testing and reporting Rapid Antigen Test results

As of 7 January 2022, everyone’s first COVID-19 testing option should be to use a rapid antigen test.

They are quick and highly accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can’t access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test.
  • If you can’t access either test at the moment, isolate at home until you can.

Should I get a Rapid Antigen Test or a PCR test?

To test for COVID-19, your first option should be to use a rapid antigen test.

If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can’t access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test. If you require a PCR test, please visit the Victorian Government’s Where To Get Tested website.

Asymptomatic people in the community who want to check if they have COVID-19 should not get a PCR test.

They should opt for rapid antigen tests, and if they are currently unavailable, should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay COVIDSafe.

Next steps if you test positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the checklist for COVID cases to ensure you and those around you are safe and supported.

Reporting Rapid Antigen Test results

If you test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test, you are a case.

You must report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can.

Click here to report a positive result from a rapid antigen test.

Alternatively, to report your positive result you can call 1300 651 150 (or the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398).

You don’t need a PCR test if you have a positive rapid antigen test.

If you are still waiting on the result of a PCR test but you tested positive on a rapid antigen test, you are now a case and you must report your rapid antigen test.



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