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Find information on getting tested for COVID-19 in Victoria.

Heavy rain has impacted both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, affecting the opening hours of some COVID-19 testing sites. Please contact the site directly to confirm current operating times. See Find your nearest COVID-19 PCR testing site.

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are the preferred means of testing for COVID-19 for most Victorians.

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

You should take a rapid antigen test:

  • if you have symptoms of COVID-19 infection, no matter how mild
  • if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • before visiting people at risk of serious illness or attending a hospital or other health care setting. This is because COVID-19 can spread before you have symptoms. You can help protect others by checking you are negative before leaving home.

Some testing sites provide rapid antigen test kits and they also provide free N95 masks.

You can collect up to five free rapid antigen test kits for each person listed on your Medicare card.

  • Site location Address

    Alexandra District Health

    24 Cooper Street, Alexandra, 3714

    Altona - Dorevitch walk in test site

    Unit 1 & 2 99 Pier Street, Altona, 3018

    Beaufort and Skipton Health Service

    28 Havelock Street, Beaufort, 3373

    Benalla Health

    45-63 Coster Street, Benala, 3672

    Bendigo Health

    10 Stewart Street, Bendigo, 3550

    Bentleigh - MPS drive through test site

    159 Jasper Road, Bentleigh, 3204

    Boort District Health

    31 Kiniry Street, Boort, 3537

    Broadmeadows DPV

    24 Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows, 3047

    Bundoora - LaTrobe University

    Carpark 7A, LaTrobe University, Bundoora, 3083

    Cairnlea IPC

    142A Furlong Road, Cairnlea, 3023

    Casterton Memorial Hospital

    63-69 Russell Street, Casreton, 3311

    Cobram - NCN Health

    24-32 Broadway Street Cobram, 3644

    Colac Area Health

    2-28 Connor Street, Colac, 3250

    Collingwood CoHealth

    149 Easey Street, Collingwood, 3066

    Cowes - Monash Health Phillip Island

    50 Church Street, Cowes, 3922

    Cranbourne - Melbourne Pathology walk in test site

    2/15 Childers St, Cranbourne, 3977

    Dandenong - Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre - Carroll Lane

    9 Carroll Lane, Dandenong, 3175

    Dromana test site

    11/143 Point Nepean Road, Dromana, 3936

    Echuca walk in test site

    50 Mckenzie St, Echuca, 3564

    Fawkner - Dorevitch walk in test site

    107 Jukes Rd, Fawkner, 3060

    Ferntree Gully - Dorevitch walk in test site

    1 Mountain Gate Drive, Ferntree Gully, 3131

    Frankston - Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre

    28 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, 3199

    Hamilton drive through test site

    20 Foster Street, Hamilton, 3300

    Healesville - EACH

    1A Badger Creek Road, Healesville, 3777

    Heathcote walk in test site

    39 Hospital Street, Heathcote, 3523

    Heidelberg - Dorevitch drive through test site

    18 Banksia Street, Heidelberg, 3084

    Kerang - NDCH

    34 Fitzroy Street, Kerang, 3579

    Kilmore District Health

    1 Anderson Street, Kilmore, 3764

    Kyabram District Health

    86-96 Fenaughty Street, Kyabram, 3620

    Kyneton walk in test site

    7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton, 3444

    Lakes Entrance - GLCH

    18-28 Jemmeson street, Lakes Entrance, 3909

    Leongatha - GSHS

    66 Koonwarra Raod, Leongatha, 3953

    Lorne Community Hospital

    1 Albert Street, Lorne, 3232

    Mansfield test clinic

    53 Highett Street, Mansfield, 3722

    Melton - IPC

    1 Pinkerton Street, Melton, 3337

    Mildura - Barratt & Smith Pathology

    127 Langtree Avebue, Mildura, 3500

    Murrumbeena - Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre

    89-91 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena, 3163

    Nathalia - NCN Health

    36-44 McDonell Street, Nathalia, 3638

    North Melbourne - Melbourne Pathology walk in test site

    70 Alfred street, North Melbourne, 3051

    North Melbourne CoHealth

    505 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne, 3051

    Numurkah - NCN Health

    2 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd, Numurkah, 3636

    Omeo District Health

    12 Easton Street, Omeo, 3898

    Orbost Medical Center

    104 Boundry Road, Orbost, 3888

    Ouyen - Mallee Track walk in test site

    28 Britt Street, Ouyen, 3490

    Parkville - Royal Children's Hospital Respiratory Infection Clinic

    50 Flemington Road, Parkville, 3052

    Portland District Health

    141-151 Bentinck Street, Portland, 3305

    Robinvale District HS

    128-132 Latje Road, Robinvale, 3549

    Sale - Central Gippsland Health Service

    47 Palmerston Road, Sale, 3850

    Sandringham walk in test site

    232 Bluff Road, Sandringham, 3191

    Seymour - Mallee Track walk in test site

    1 Bretenneux Street, Seymour, 3660

    Shepparton - GV Health

    2 Graham Street, Shepparton, 3630

    South Melbourne - Montague Street

    32 Johnson Street, South Melbourne, 3205

    Timboon and District Health Service

    21 Hospital Road, Timboon, 3268

    Wangaratta - Northeast Health

    53-61 Tone Rd. Wangaratta, 3677

    Werribee East - Victoria University

    233-235 Hoppers Lane, Werribee, 3030

    Wodonga - Smythe Street

    37-39 Stanley St. Wodonga, 3690

    Yarram District Health Service

    85 Commercial Road, Yarram, 3971

    Yarrawonga District Health

    38 Lynch Street, Yarrawonga, 3730

    Yea Memorial Hospital

    45 Station Street, Yea, 3717

If you return a negative rapid antigen test

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you return a negative rapid antigen test it's recommended you stay home until your symptoms go away. Repeat rapid antigen testing over the next several days.

Rapid antigen tests are better able to detect COVID-19 when repeated over successive days but will not detect other respiratory viruses, such as influenza.

If you return a positive rapid antigen test

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test you are a COVID-19 case. It's recommended you report your positive result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID Cases, including isolating for at least 5 days or until symptoms resolve.

When PCR testing is available

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, it's recommended you take a rapid antigen test.

PCR testing is also available for all Victorians with COVID-19 symptoms. It's recommended you wear a high quality and well-fitted face mask at testing sites and travel there by private vehicle, if possible.

People at high risk of severe illness and other at-risk groups will have their PCR tests prioritised. This is so they can be diagnosed as early as possible and access additional care, including COVID-19 medicines.

If you have symptoms and are at a lower risk of severe illness you will be offered a rapid antigen test to take home with you. If you request a PCR test, you will receive one.

If you have no COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be offered a PCR test unless you have been directed to get one by the Department of Health, Local Public Health Unit, a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner.

Staff at testing sites will decide if you are able to get a PCR test based on Department of Health testing criteria.

All children under two years old will be offered PCR tests whether they have symptoms or not.

To help you decide which steps are right for you, choose from the following.

Testing advice for different situations

  • Your situation:

    • you are 65 years or older
    • you are a child under 2
    • you have other health conditions
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • you have moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms
    • you are pregnant or gave birth up to two weeks ago
    • you are not vaccinated or not up to date with your vaccination.

    What you should do?

    You should take a rapid antigen test or PCR.

    If the test result is positive, you are a COVID-19 case.

    You should report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID-19 Cases.

    You may also be eligible for COVID-19 medicines, which will reduce your chances of becoming severely unwell.

    If you need to attend a testing site (for example, if you are unable to access or perform a rapid antigen test or your rapid antigen test returns a negative result but you have symptoms) you will be offered a PCR test.

  • Your situation:

    • I was in contact with someone who has COVID-19

    1. What you should do:

    If you are a contact, you should take a rapid antigen test. Rapid antigen tests kits are available for free at state-supported testing sites.

    If the test result is positive, you are a COVID-19 case. It is recommended you report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

    If the result is negative, you should repeat the test over several days as this will increase the chances of detecting COVID-19.

    If you still choose to attend a state-supported testing site, staff will offer you a rapid antigen test to take home with you. If you ask for a PCR test instead, you will receive one.

    If the site has no rapid antigen tests you will be offered a PCR test.

    If you take a PCR test it is recommended you stay home until you get your result.

    If your PCR test or subsequent rapid antigen test is positive, then you are officially a case and are recommended to now follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

  • Your situation:

    • I have COVID-19 symptoms and I am not at risk of severe illness.

    What you should do:

    You should take a rapid antigen test. Rapid antigen tests kits are available for free at state-supported testing sites.

    If the test result is positive, you are a COVID-19 case. You are recommended to report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

    If the result is negative, you should repeat the test over several days as this will increase the chances of detecting COVID-19. You should stay home until your symptoms go away.

    If you still choose to attend a state-supported testing site, staff will offer you a rapid antigen test to take home with you. If you ask for a PCR test instead, you will receive one.

    If you take a PCR test you are recommended to stay home until you receive the result.

    If your PCR test is negative, we strongly recommend you stay home until your symptoms go away and repeat rapid antigen tests over several days.

    If you later return a positive rapid antigen test, you are a COVID-19 case. You are recommended to report your positive result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

  • You should go to a testing site and request a PCR test.

  • You are a COVID-19 case. You are recommended to report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms a PCR test is not required.

    If you still choose to attend a state-supported testing site, you will receive a PCR test if you ask for one.

  • A PCR test will not be offered at state-supported testing sites.

    Pre-departure international travel tests are only available at private pathology centres. Fees may apply.

    See the links below for private pathology centres offering COVID-19 travel testing:

  • You should take a rapid antigen test.

    If your rapid antigen test result is positive, you are a COVID-19 case. It is recommended you report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID cases.

    If the result is negative, you should repeat the test over several days to increase the chances of detecting COVID-19. You should stay at home until your symptoms go away.

    Rapid antigen tests kits are available for free at state-supported testing sites. If you ask for a PCR test instead, you will receive one.

    You are recommended to stay home until you receive the result of your PCR test.

  • A PCR test will not be offered at state-supported testing sites.

    If you are a contact, you must follow the Checklist for COVID contacts.

    If you return a positive rapid antigen result you are a COVID-19 case. You are recommended to report your result to the Department of Health and follow the Checklist for COVID-19 cases.

  • Most people infected with COVID-19 are still infectious after 5 days. As you may still give COVID-19 to someone after isolating for 5 days, we recommend that you take a rapid antigen test after leaving isolation and test negative before:

    • attending a workplace
    • attending a sensitive setting (for example, a hospital, residential aged care facility, disability care facility or in-home care premises)
    • visiting people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

    Rapid antigen tests are good at detecting when you are most infectious, so taking a test before attending these settings will help protect others and the community.

    If you test positive again, while not required, it is recommended that you continue to stay at home until you have a negative test result. You should avoid sensitive settings or people at risk of severe illness and wear a high-quality well-fitted mask or respirator if you leave home.

    If you have had treatment with COVID-19 medication and become symptomatic again or test positive at the end of the isolation period, this may be due to ‘treatment rebound’. You should isolate until your symptoms resolve and avoid sensitive settings or people at risk of serious illness until you have a negative test result.

  • The Call-to-Test service provides free in-home testing for people of all ages who are unable to attend a testing site due to:

    • injury, chronic health issue, or facility affecting mobility
    • moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability
    • moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability
    • a carer for a person with moderate to severe disability.

    To book this free service, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 to see if you are eligible.

    If you need an interpreter, press zero (0) when you call the hotline.

    A carer can request the service on behalf of the person they are caring for. The person getting tested still needs to give their consent to be tested.

    Find out more on people with disability.

Find your nearest COVID-19 PCR testing site

State-supported testing sites provide PCR tests and many also supply rapid antigen test kits.

To find your closest COVID-19 testing site and its operating hours, enter your postcode or suburb below or search by site type. Look in the ‘Other site details’ under the ‘More info’ dropdown for each site to see which sites carry rapid antigen test kits.

Most COVID-19 testing sites accept children of all ages for testing. Check the location finder to see specific ages tested at your local testing site.

Some sites let you pre-register your details using the Testing Registration FormExternal Link , which will speed up the information collection process when you get tested. This information can be found in testing site information on the map and table below.

For safety at all drive-through locations, you must be inside a vehicle to be tested. You cannot walk, ride a bicycle, a motorbike or a mobility scooter, through a drive-through testing site.

If you cannot access a testing site due to illness, injury or disability, in home testing may be available through the Call to Test service. For more information see people with a disability.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you should report your result to the Department of Health online or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. For help in your language, call the hotline number and press zero (0) first.

We're having issues with the testing location map where some sites are indicating they are closed. Please refer to the individual testing site website for operating hours.

Note: Click an icon to view a pop-up card with site information and contact details. Multiple sites in one area are shown by the numbered icon, press on the icon to zoom in. You can make the map larger or smaller by scrolling or using the minus or plus button in the bottom left corner. You can move the map around by clicking and dragging. To view the listings in a table, click 'List view'.

More information

  • Before attending a COVID-19 state-supported testing site you should check:

    • walk-through or drive-through access
    • if the testing site requires a booking (only required at some sites)
    • age limit of children being tested
    • accessibility requirements.

    You may also need to complete the Testing Registration FormExternal Link before your COVID-19 test.

    Bring your Medicare card and the details of your usual General Practitioner (GP) and/or GP practice, if you have one.

    If you don’t have a Medicare card, bring one form of identification such as your driver’s license or student ID.

  • After you've been tested, you should go straight home and wait for your results.

    If you test positive, talk to your GP or use this tool to check if you are eligible for COVID medicines.

    Your doctor or the clinic where you were tested will contact you by phone or SMS to tell you your results, regardless of if it is positive or negative. Visit Checklist for COVID cases if you test positive to COVID-19.

    If you get tested to receive clearance for a medical procedure, you will need to follow the instructions given to you by your GP or surgeon.

    You should get your test results within 2 days of being tested, but it sometimes takes longer. Only contact your testing provider if you have not received your test results after 72 hours.

    Testing for medical procedures

    If you get tested to receive clearance for a medical procedure, you will need to follow the instructions given to you by your GP or surgeon.

    Proof of your COVID-19 result

    If you require a letter or other document of your result (such as for travel, medical, work, or educational purposes) you should contact a GP, who can provide suitable documentation.

Reviewed 01 December 2022

Coronavirus Hotline

Call the Coronavirus Hotline if you need help to report a rapid antigen test (RAT) or if you have any questions about COVID-19.

The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline diverts to the National Coronavirus Helpline every night between 6pm and 8am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.