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COVID-19 tests

Find out how we test for COVID-19 in Australia.

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COVID-19 testing in your state or territory

For information on the use of rapid antigen tests and what to do if you test positive, follow your local state or territory health advice: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, and WA.

About COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

To detect if a person has COVID-19, there are 3 kinds of tests:

  • Nucleic acid detection tests - to detect SARS-CoV-2 viral (Ribonucleic acid) RNA
  • Rapid antigen tests (RATs) - to detect antigen viral proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • Serology tests - to detect IgM and/or IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

More about COVID-19 tests

Contact us

If you are a sponsor or manufacturer and require more information about the regulatory process for COVID-19 tests, contact us on:

Email COVIDtests@tga.gov.au(link sends e-mail)

Telephone1800 141 144

If you have a general enquiry about COVID-19 contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on:

Telephone 1800 020 080 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

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