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Community RAT Program

Community RAT Program - FAQ

Who can get free RATs?
Twenty tests (4 kits) are available each visit for people with a disability and carers collecting the tests on behalf of people with a disability. These include:
• NDIS participants
• Disability support pensioners
• People with a disability who receive a Transport Accident Commission benefit.
Five tests (1 kit) are available each visit for people 70 years or older, immunocompromised people and people with concession cards. Eligible concession cards are:
• Seniors card
• Pensioner Concession card
• Commonwealth Senior Health Care card
• Health Care card
• Low Income Health Care card
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange cards.
If multiple people are listed on any of these listed cards, they are entitled to receive free RATs.
Council COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Program, Guidelines – November 2022 13

What if I have symptoms or I am a contact of a COVID-19 case?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a council location to collect your free RATs. Instead, please collect free RATs at testing sites which you can find through the coronavirus website. (hyperlink text to

Where can I get more information on the use of RATs?
For more information about getting tested and reporting a positive RAT result, visit the Department of Health website.

Alternatively you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.