Update: Rapid antigen tests
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 to find the nearest COVID-19 testing site. Check site details for rapid antigen test availability.
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.
- 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 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. 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 (), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
- If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to or quarantine for 7 from the date after you took the test. Visit 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
- 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 ().
Symptoms and risks
Information and advice about coronavirus symptoms and what to do to reduce the risk of infection
What to do if you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19
Advice on what to do if you are a close contact of a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test result
Where to get tested for COVID-19
Find out where you and your children can get tested for COVID-19 near your home
Information for people with long COVID symptoms
Information for people who had COVID-19 or may have had COVID-19 (or their carers) and are concerned that they are having ongoing symptoms
Isolation support and emergency relief
Information on the support that is available while you isolate or quarantine
Call-to-Test - Reaching out to vulnerable Victorians
Vulnerable Victorians can get tested at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19
Reviewed 07 April 2022