Information on COVID-19 vaccine and testing

COVID-19 tests and claiming

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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.

COVID-19 tests

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.

Read more information about COVID-19 and how it can affect you.