Published on 05 December 2022

Community RAT program

Free rapid antigen tests are now available for priority and high-risk community members.

Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) can be collected from the following locations:

  • Customer Service Centre, Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
  • Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub, 161 Jasper Road, Bentleigh
  • Carnegie Library and Community Centre, 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie
  • Caulfield Library, Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira Road and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
  • Elsternwick Library, 4 Staniland Grove, Elsternwick
  • Spurway, 89–91 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena

You are eligible to collect RATs if you are:

  • 70 years or older
  • a Concession Card holder
  • a person with a disability, immunocompromised or their carer.

Please show your concession, Seniors or disability card to staff to collect your free RATs or let us know you are 70 years or older or immunocompromised.

If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please do not collect RATs until you are well. If you can’t get to a location, a guardian or carer can collect your free RATs for you.

Who can get free RATs?

Twenty tests (4 kits) are available each visit for people with a disability and carers collecting the tests on behalf of people with a disability. These include:

  • NDIS participants
  • Disability support pensioners
  • People with a disability who receive a Transport Accident Commission benefit.

Five tests (1 kit) are available each visit for people 70 years or older, immunocompromised people and people with concession cards. Eligible concession cards are:

  • Seniors card
  • Pensioner Concession card
  • Commonwealth Senior Health Care card
  • Health Care card
  • Low Income Health Care card
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange cards.

If multiple people are listed on any of these listed cards, they are entitled to receive free RATs.

What if I have symptoms or I am a contact of a COVID-19 case?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a council location to collect your free RATs. Instead, please collect free RATs at testing sites which you can find through the coronavirus website. Glen Eira residents can also attend the Spurway site at 89–91 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena for COVID-19 vaccination, RAT and PCR testing and N95 facemasks. Walk-ins accepted or call 9119 1088 to make an appointment or book online

Where can I get more information on the use of RATs?

For more information about getting tested and reporting a positive RAT result, visit the Department of Health website

Alternatively you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.

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