If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been told that you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you must get tested for COVID-19. Download an easy to read fact sheet about COVID-19 testing.
There are two types of tests – rapid antigen tests (RATs) and PCR tests.
- There are a few different types of RATs. Some require getting samples from deep in your nostrils with a special small cotton bud, then putting the bud tip into a chemical solution.
- Some RATs require you to collect a sample of your saliva by rubbing a sponge that is on the end of a test stick around the inside of your mouth. Saliva tests can sometimes be easier to use but are not always as sensitive or accurate.
You can also watch V-CHECK’s video demonstration.
Someone who supports you can take your swabs for you.
- PCR tests are usually done by a nurse or doctor. They take a swab of both your nostrils and your throat. The sample is sent to a lab to be tested. You will receive the result by an SMS text message, usually within two days. If the result is positive, you have COVID-19.
There are a few options to access tests.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are identified as a close contact of a case, or if Public Health asks you to get tested, you can:
- get a free nasal RAT from the Department of Health. To do this, request a RAT online:
- You can collect the RAT yourself or someone can collect if for you
- You will receive a text message with a collection point to go to
- If you cannot collect your RAT and no-one can collect it for you, the RAT can be delivered to your home.
- get a free PCR test at a COVID-19 testing clinic. No booking required at state-operating testing clinics, just go to the site during opening hours.
- get a free RAT from the Department of Health. You can request a RAT by emailing email@example.com.
Service Tasmania centres are also collection points for free RATS for concession card holders.
Eligible card holders:
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Health Care Card
- Low Income Health Care Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange card
You will need to show:
- your physical card; or
- your digital card in the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- 10 RATs over a 3-month period
- Maximum of 5 per month
For family, friends and visitors - Testing before visiting people with disability in Supported Independent Living Settings
Unless it is a requirement of the setting, visitors do not need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
- Do not visit a person with disability in any setting if you have COVID-19, any symptoms of COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact
- Some disability service providers may have additional restrictions on who can visit people living in supported living settings. For example, they may:
- screen visitors for symptoms on arrival
- ask for evidence of vaccination
- ask people to do a RAT before visiting.
If you are a disability service provider and have any questions related specifically to COVID-19 support for people with disability, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.