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Report your rapid antigen test result

How to report a positive result from a rapid antigen test in Victoria

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

You are required by law to report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can.

To report your result, call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398, or fill in this online formExternal Link

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 formExternal Link on behalf of your patient or client.

You don’t need a PCR test if you have a positive rapid antigen test - if you have no symptoms and do not believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 you can get a confirmatory PCR test. You are not required to report your positive test result if you took a PCR test as your result is automatically registered with the Department of Health.

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 and remain isolated. If you tested positive on a rapid antigen test, but your PCR test result was negative, you are not a case, and you may leave isolation.

Early treatment medicines are now available for eligible Victorians who have COVID-19 to prevent them from getting so sick that they need hospital care. To see if you may be eligible and for more information, visit COVID-19 medicines.

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 you need to do

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

  • Report your result 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, and your workplace and education facility that you have COVID-19.

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.

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 23 June 2022

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