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How to report your result

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case.

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

If you have difficulty accessing the webform, you can call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398, to report you RA test result.

If you are a parent, legal guardian or authorised carer, you can complete the online form on behalf of another person.

If you are a health professional, you can complete the online form on behalf of your patient or client.

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.

Translations

To report your result in a language other than English, or if you need any assistance reporting your result, call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 and press zero (0) for a translator.

The online formExternal Link to report your result is also compatible with most translation reader technology.

What else you need to do

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must:

  • Report your resultExternal Link online, or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 as soon as you can.
    • After you report, you will receive text messages from the Department of Health.
  • Immediately isolate for 7 days from the day you took the rapid antigen test.
  • Follow your Checklist and tell your contacts you have COVID-19.
    • Notify your household contacts and the steps they must take.
    • Your social and other contacts must get tested if they have symptoms.
    • Tell your workplace and/or education facility you have COVID-19.

Most people with COVID-19 will experience mild-to-moderate symptoms. See how to manage COVID-19 at home and isolate effectively.

Why you need to report your positive result

You are required by law to report your positive rapid antigen test result to the Department.

Reporting your positive rapid antigen test result, helps us understand how many cases of COVID-19 there are in Victoria.

This information helps us to protect others in the community and gives you the ability to be supported and receive care through the COVID Positive Pathways program as you isolate and recover - and gives to access to apply for financial support to isolate.

Your information will remain private. It is the same information that would be obtained if you tested positive on a PCR test.

Confirming your positive rapid antigen test with a PCR test

Treat your positive rapid antigen test as official - because it is. You must report your result, isolate immediately and follow your checklist.

If you have symptoms or if you are a contact of someone with COVID-19, you are not recommended to get a PCR test to confirm a positive rapid antigen test result. It is already very likely you have COVID-19.

But there are some circumstances where it is recommended you confirm your positive rapid antigen test result with a PCR test.

Tested positive on a rapid antigen test

Getting a PCR to confirm your result

You have COVID-19 symptoms.

Not recommended.

You have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Not recommended.

You don’t have symptoms and don’t believe you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.

Recommended. You are still likely to have COVID-19. Stay isolated for 7 days. If your PCR result comes back negative, you are not a case and can leave isolation.

Remember: if you are getting a PCR test to confirm your positive rapid antigen test result, you are still required to isolate before you get a PCR test and while you wait for the result of your PCR test. Expect delays of up to 5 days while waiting for the result of your PCR test.

You can leave isolation to get tested, get medical help or medical supplies, to escape family violence, or if it’s an emergency.

Note: some essential workers may be required to get a PCR test as part of regular arrangements.

If you can’t access a rapid antigen test

Can’t access a rapid antigen test

What to do

You have COVID-19 symptoms. Get a PCR test. If you can’t get a PCR test, stay isolated until you can access either type of test.
You are a household or household-like contact undertaking your required tests (this means you have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, care facility or accommodation). Get a PCR test. If you can’t get a PCR test, stay isolated until you can access either type of test.
You don’t have symptoms and you aren’t a household or household-like contact. Monitor for symptoms as you go about your day in a COVIDSafe way.

How to use a rapid antigen test and understand the results

To learn about rapid antigen tests, where to get them, how to use them and how to understand the results, visit the Rapid antigen test page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Anyone who has returned a positive result from a rapid antigen test must report their resultExternal Link .

  • Yes.

    Remember: if you are getting a PCR test to confirm your positive rapid antigen test result, you are still required to isolate before you get the PCR test and while you wait for the result of your PCR test. Expect delays of up to 5 days while waiting for the result of your PCR test.

  • Yes.

    When you report your result, the form or hotline will ask questions about your health and wellbeing or any medical conditions that mean you need extra support. You will be enrolled in the COVID Positive Pathways system.

    Financial support is available if you have COVID-19 and have to isolate, regardless of whether you test positive on a rapid antigen test or a PCR test. You and your family may be eligible for this support.

  • You must isolate for 7 days from the day you test positive on a rapid antigen test.

    If you had a positive rapid antigen test on Monday at midday, that means you leave isolation any time the following Monday.

    See Your COVID Checklist for more information on what to do when you test positive.

    See Managing COVID-19 at home for how to isolate effectively.

  • As soon as possible. You can submit the results of a positive rapid antigen test completed up to 14 days ago.

    There are reasonable exceptions, such as if you are too sick to report it. But you are required to report it as soon as you can.

  • Yes.

    But if you’re isolating at home with COVID, you can’t have visitors in your house and you can’t leave your house.

    See if someone can help you over the phone or Facetime. Otherwise, you can report your result online or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398.

  • The form asks for:

    • basic personal details including phone number
    • whether your symptoms are mild or severe, so we can provide care.
  • Yes.

    The information will be just as private and secure as the information that is captured when you test positive on a PCR test.

    They are the same questions and the data is held in the same system.

    It’s private medical information and it’s only accessible to relevant Public Health employees.

  • No.

    Report your result through whatever system exists in that state, territory or country, and follow health advice provided to you.

  • 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 can’t access a rapid antigen test, see the tables above to determine if you should get a PCR test.

    If you want to confirm a positive result from your rapid antigen test, see the tables above to determine if you are recommended to get a PCR test (while remaining isolated).

  • Stay isolated until you can access either type of test.

    Call a doctor if you are unwell or go to hospital if it’s an emergency.

Reviewed 24 May 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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