The Australian Government is providing access to rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to Commonwealth-subsidised residential aged care facilities, Multi-purpose services and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program services in areas of high prevalence of COVID-19.
Distribution of the RAT kits to NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC and SA is expected to commence in early 2022. Details on distribution arrangements and testing protocols will be provided shortly.
RAT kits will be distributed to TAS and NT in the event of widespread COVID-19 transmission. In the meanwhile, any outbreak sites in these jurisdictions will receive RATs as part of the Commonwealth’s response.