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Distribution of free rapid antigen tests to end

11 Jan 2024

Last update: 5 March 2024

The state government has informed all Victorian councils that the free rapid antigen test (RAT) distribution program will stop once the current council supplies are used up.

Since starting in October 2022, Victorian councils have handed out more than 4 million rapid antigen tests (RATs) to their communities. Providing free RATs has been vital in ensuring people can easily access fast testing to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RATs are now exhausted and council is no longer providing testing kits.

Where can I get RATs after Council's supplies are exhausted

You can buy RATs at supermarkets, pharmacies, and other retailers. Please plan ahead by keeping some kits at home for testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information, please contact us by phone on 9240 1111 or email