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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 case.

You are required by law to report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can. Treat your positive rapid antigen test as official - because it is.

To report your result:

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Isolate immediately and follow your checklist as soon as you have reported your result.

Check with your GP as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for early treatment medicines to help prevent you from getting so sick that you end up in hospital.

You do not need to report your result if you tested positive on a PCR test.

Who can report a result for others?

You can complete the online form on behalf of someone if:

  • you are a parent, legal guardian or authorised carer reporting for a person in your care
  • you are a health professional reporting for a patient.

Testing positive while waiting for PCR results

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test while you are waiting on the result of a PCR test, you are now a COVID-19 case and you must report your rapid antigen testExternal Link as soon as you can.

Isolate immediately and follow your checklist as soon as you have reported your result.

Check with your GP as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for antivirals and other medicines to help prevent you from getting so sick that you end up in hospital.

If you tested positive on a rapid antigen test, but your PCR test result is negative, you are no longer a case, and you may leave isolation.

To learn more about rapid antigen tests, where to get them, how to use them and how to understand the results, visit About rapid antigen tests.

Report a positive result in your own language

The online form to report your resultExternal Link is compatible with most translation technology, including Google translate.

If you need any assistance, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press zero (0) for a translator.

What 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
    • your information will stay private. It is the same information that would be obtained if you tested positive on a PCR test
  • you must stay home for 7 days from the day you took the rapid antigen test. Do not leave for work or to go shopping
  • ring your doctor and tell them you have COVID-19. They may prescribe medicine to help prevent you from getting so sick that you end up in hospital
  • follow your Checklist for COVID cases and tell your contacts, your work, school and childcare service that you have COVID-19:
    • most people with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms. Learn how to manage COVID-19 at home
    • people who need extra support and care will be contacted by the Department of Health via the COVID Positive Pathways Program.

Why you need to report your positive result

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

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 the community. It can help you access early treatment and care through the COVID Positive Pathways Program.

It also gives you access to apply for financial support to isolate.

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.

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

    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 08 August 2022

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