Changes to RAT distribution for concession card holders from 1 August

22 Jul 2022

From August 1 pharmacies will no longer distribute free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for concession card holders.

Instead, Service Tasmania will be the new distribution point to get free RATs if you are a concession card holder.

The same eligibility and product limits apply, and please only attend at Service Tasmania if you are well.

There are 27 service centres located around Tasmania. To find your nearest centre call 1300 13 55 13 or visit

If you don’t have a concession card or can’t get to a Service Tasmania centre, the Department of Health still provides free RATs to all Tasmanians who are symptomatic or a close contact, regardless of your concession card status. You can request RATs online by visiting or by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

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

Limits – 10 RATs over a 3 month period. Maximum of 5 per month.