Accessing free rapid antigen tests

From 24 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, you can access free RATs if you hold an eligible Commonwealth concession card:

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

  • Department of Veteran's Affairs Gold, White or Orange Card

  • Health Care Card

  • Low Income Health Card (same as Health Care Card)

  • Pensioner Concession Card.

You can access up to ten RATs over a three month period (max. five over a one month period) through community pharmacies. 

For the purposes of this program, the following time periods apply:

  • First month: 24 January 2022 to 28 February 2022

  • Second month:  1 March 2022 to 31 March 2022

  • Third month: 1 April 2022 to 30 April 2022

The pharmacy will give you a minimum of two RATs for each eligible individual. You may ask for your monthly test allocation limit as a single supply, if required.


The decision to provide this will be at the discretion of the pharmacy, and dependent on whether we have enough tests available. If you have already received the maximum number of tests you’re entitled to, we will let you know.

The tests you receive under this program will be at no charge to you.

For more information, click here.