Anyone who has symptoms should get tested for COVID-19.

Man wearing a disposable gown, gloves and a face shield, taking a woman's temperatureA symptom is a sign that you might be sick.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • feeling short of breath
  • loss of your sense of taste
  • loss of your sense of smell.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 test is free, easy and quick.​​​​​​​

Where​ to get tested

You can find a testing location that is close to you and accessible:

  • Call your GP​ or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for help finding a testing location that is right for you. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service.
  • Find a COVID-19 clinic

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, when you are getting tested you can write on paper or type on your phone to tell the person who is testing you that need them to write down questions or information.

If you are unable to go to a testing clinic

If you need a COVID-19 test and can't go to a testing clinic, find out about COVID-19 testing at home.

Getting tested by someone you know

Sometimes, it may be better for you to be tested by someone you know. For those with fear of the test, this may make it a little easier. This might be your GP, a support worker, or even a family member under the supervision of your GP.

For more information contact your GP or refer to Guidance for health care service providers and carers on alternative approaches to COVID-19 testing for people with disability.

Getting tested for COVID-19

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What happens when you get your COVID-19 test results?

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Getting a COVID-19 test


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Current as at: Monday 24 May 2021
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