Important information about COVID-19 tests and claiming
We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about COVID-19 tests and claiming.
We hope the information below is helpful.
If you require a COVID-19 test, a private clinic or GP will charge you out of pocket costs. Instead, make your way to a COVID-19 public testing station where there is no cost. COVID-19 testing is available to everyone within Australia via the public COVID testing sites for free (even if you’re not a citizen or permanent resident).
For more information, visit health.gov.au.
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.
COVID-19 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 for those members from countries where a reciprocal Health Care Arrangement is in place with the Australian Government or CBHS International Health.
COVID-19 won’t affect your visa status
If you are unwell with cold or flu like symptoms, please protect yourself and those around you by getting a COVID-19 test ASAP. They are free of charge and the test results will not affect your visa status.