Information about getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyone who is tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) helps us understand how the virus is spreading.

Follow the steps on this page to help protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Step-by-step advice

  1. If you are feeling unwell do not go to work.
  2. Check your symptoms - you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of sense of smell or taste.
  3. Get tested at a nearby testing location if you have any of the symptoms. Return home immediately.
  4. Wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping, stay at home. It usually takes between 1 and 3 days for your results to be returned to you. If you are worried your results are taking too long you can call a service provider for more information.
  5. If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your results you may be eligible for a $300 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment.
  6. If you test negative, go about your normal activity, following the restrictions for your location.
  7. If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Do not go to work. If you are worried you will lose pay you may be eligible for a $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.
  8. If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional.  If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
  9. If you have tested positive, have self-isolated for 14 days and have recovered you can resume your normal activity, following the restrictions for your location.