Over the next three months, up to 10 rapid antigen tests (a maximum of 5 in a month) will be made available free through pharmacies to people holding the following cards:
- Pension Concession Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange Card
- Health Care Card
- Low Income Health Card
The free tests will be available in the coming weeks.
Free rapid antigen tests are also being made available to staff working in residential aged care facilities. The Australian Government has not made an announcement about the provision of free RATs for general practice, pharmacy or allied health care staff at this stage.
For more information, read the Prime Minister’s media statement (5 Jan 2022).