Information on COVID-19 vaccine and testing

COVID-19 vaccine

A lot of members are asking questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at:

The vaccine is voluntary, and everyone is encouraged to get a vaccine to help protect the community from COVID-19. Find out more at the Australian Government website.

As the COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Australia, vaccination providers cannot charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine or for your appointments to receive the vaccine.

If your vaccination provider charges for any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees), you should:

COVID-19 tests

If you require a COVID-19 test, a private clinic or GP may charge you out-of-pocket costs. Please do not submit as a claim to CBHS International. It is NOT COVERED under your policy as it’s a free service from the Australian Government.

Instead, make your way to a public COVID-19 clinic where there is no cost. COVID-19 testing is available to everyone within Australia for free (even if you’re not a citizen or permanent resident). To find a free testing clinic near you, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.  For translating and interpreting services call 131 450. There’s also state by state information at the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 certificates for travel

Most public COVID-19 testing clinics do not provide certificates for travel. Be aware that if you require a COVID-19 test certificate for travel, this is categorised as ‘inoculations for travel’ and if there is a fee, it will not be covered by Medicare or CBHS International Health.

State by state information (Note: You must select a ‘no GP referral required’ site for there to be no charge for the test).

 

 NSW  https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics
 
OR
 
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Documents/covid-19-testing-clinic.pdf
 
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 VIC  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 QLD  https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 WA  https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 SA  https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid-19/testing+and+tracing/covid-19+clinics+and+testing+centres/covid-19+clinics+and+testing+centres 
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 NT  https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/symptoms-testing
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)
 TAS  https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/mobile-testing-clinics-to-be-rolled-out-across-tasmania
(must choose a ‘no GP referral required’ site)

 

For more information on COVID-19, head to our COVID-19 webpage.