More than two million free RATs for vulnerable communities

25 January 2023

Vulnerable communities will continue to receive free access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) with the NSW Government extending the program to 30 April 2023.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the NSW Government has already distributed more than two million free RATs to vulnerable communities, ensuring they have access to the help they need.

“Vulnerable communities should not need to worry about the cost of RATs. They need to be able to take a test when they feel sick or exposed to COVID-19 so they can seek medical help as quickly as possible,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to easing cost of living pressures, and ensuring those most vulnerable to the virus can detect it early so they can receive the medical help they need.”

This builds on the millions of tests already available to vulnerable and multicultural communities, homelessness services, social housing tenants, children and young people in out-of-home care, and Commonwealth Concession Card holders.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said the extension of the program gives Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW greater certainty.

“By extending this program we are taking away the stress for these communities of needing to pay for Rapid Antigen Tests,” Mr Coure said.

“They will be able to continue accessing the tests for free until the end of April and keep themselves and their families safe.”

Eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW can access 10 Rapid Antigen Tests until 30 April 2023.

Tests are available through 210 neighbourhood and community centres, and Service NSW centres across the state. To find one near you, visit www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/rapid-tests.  

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