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Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) will soon be available in NSW for all people with disability, the immunocompromised, and their carers, to help with early detection of COVID-19.
If you’re registered for NDIS, RATs are available through your NDIS disability provider, if that provider is a not-for-profit charity or non-government organisation. If your provider requires an additional supply of RATs, they can get more information from the DCJ coronavirus website.
If you’re not getting RATs through your NDIS provider, or you’re not registered for NDIS, you can get them by going to any one of 216 neighbourhood and community centres across the state.
You can find out more about the centres by searching for them in Service Seeker.
Either you or your carer can go to the nearest neighbourhood or community centre to collect them. All you need to do is self-declare your disability or that you’re immunocompromised. There’s no need to provide your name or personal details.
This may vary depending on your need, but we recommend you collect up to 1 month’s supply, based on two RATs per week. That’s a total of eight RATs per person per month.
If you have multiple carers coming into your home, you may require more RATs so that all your carers can test themselves before visiting you.
The NSW Government is committed to protecting those most in need in our community by providing RATs to people with disability, the immunocompromised, and their carers.
This initiative will help ensure early detection and treatment of COVID-19.
You can read more in Minister Maclaren-Jones media release.
13 May 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.