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Accessing Free Rapid Antigen Tests

From 24 January, veterans can access free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).

This scheme is available to all holders of eligible Australian Government concession cards:

  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold, White or Orange Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low Income Health Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card.

You can access up to 10 RATs over a 3 month period (max 5 over a 1 month period) through community pharmacies.

You will need to attend a participating community pharmacy in person and present your DVA Gold, White, or Orange card.

You will need to give consent to the pharmacy to record your concession card details. The pharmacy will check and confirm your details, including whether RATs have already been provided to you.

The pharmacy will give you a minimum of 2 RATs for each eligible individual. You can ask for up to the monthly limit of RATs per eligible individual at any one time, subject to availability.

RATs will be increasingly available from pharmacies, supermarkets and other retail outlets. You should phone your pharmacy ahead of your visit to make sure new supplies have arrived.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms DO NOT attend a pharmacy to collect RATs. Go directly to a testing centre.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health