Getting tested

Find out if you should be tested for COVID-19 and where you can go to have the test done

Update: Rapid antigen tests

Everyone’s first 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.

From Sunday 13 February 2022, you can collect 5 rapid antigen tests (per person) from a COVID-19 testing site.

  • Rapid antigen tests are for personal use and not for resale.
  • Please check Where to get tested for COVID-19 to find the nearest COVID-19 testing site. Check site details for rapid antigen test availability.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case and you must follow your checklist and report your result.

The remainder of the information on this page will be updated shortly.

Note: read the above update before continuing.

Everyone who is tested for COVID-19 helps us understand how the virus is spreading.

Follow the steps on this page to help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Step-by-step advice

  • If you are feeling unwell do not go to work.
  • Check your symptoms - you may have COVID-19 if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location if you have any of the symptoms. Return home immediately.
  • Wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping and stay at home. It usually takes 2 days for your results to be returned to you. If you are worried your results are taking too long you can call a service provider for more information. Others in your house do not need to self-isolate unless they are also waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been told to quarantine.
  • If your symptoms continue or your condition worsens contact your doctor or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing, contact Triple Zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
  • If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to self-isolate or quarantine for 7 from the date after you took the test. Visit Checklist for COVID cases for more information. Do not go to work or out shopping. If you are worried you will lose pay you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster PaymentExternal Link
  • If you test negative, your doctor or the clinic where you were tested will tell you your result.
  • If you continue to have symptoms you should ring your general practitioner for advice. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact Triple Zero (000).

Reviewed 07 April 2022

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVIDSafe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8pm to 8am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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