Free RATs for close contacts

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Close contacts with no symptoms can each pick up 10 free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to support new testing requirements.
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From Monday 2 May 2022, Western Australians who are considered close contacts will each be entitled to 10 free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to enable them to complete the required testing.

Following the easing of WA’s public health measures, and based on the  latest health advice, close contacts with no symptoms no longer have to isolate for seven days, provided they:

  • undertake a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) on each day that they leave isolation, for seven days;
  • wear a mask outside the home; and,
  • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities, unless they work at these locations.

To support those impacted by testing requirements for close contacts, thousands of free RATs will be available for collection at the Claremont, Midland, Armadale, Kwinana, Joondalup, Mirrabooka, Ellenbrook, Mandurah and Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre vaccination clinics.

They will also be available for collection at State-run regional COVID testing clinics, including those co-located at Albany Health Campus, Hedland Health Campus, Broome Hospital, Geraldton Hospital, Kalgoorlie Hospital and Narrogin Hospital.

Please do not attend regional emergency departments for RAT collection.

People with no symptoms are required to verbally confirm they are a close contact to access their 10 free RATs at these locations. They may also collect RATs for other close contacts in their household.

Symptomatic close contacts must isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols. If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for a further seven days as per arrangements for positive COVID-19 cases.

For more information and a list of pick up locations, see WA free RAT program.

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Page reviewed 9 May 2022