Buy rapid antigen tests: Who has the quickest delivery times? [UPDATED]

Posted: 6 January 2022 5:30 am
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Demand is booming for home tests - here's how to get test kits delivered to your door.

Where to buy COVID home testing kits in Australia

  • Clinical Supplies - Order now
  • Covid Antigen Test - Order now
  • Rapid Antigen Australia - Order now
  • Kogan - Order now
  • Amazon - Order now
  • COVIDtestonline - Order now
  • HiCraft - Order now
  • Woolworths - Out of stock
  • Catch - Out of stock
  • Healthy Life - Out of stock
  • Chemist Warehouse - Out of stock
  • Rapid Proof - Out of stock
  • AUSTiC - Order now
  • Little Whales - Order now
  • MyDeal.com.au - Out of stock
  • Coles - Out of stock
  • Medcart - Order now
We're checking availability every hour but these products sell out quickly and prices can change rapidly.
Surging Omicron case numbers and holiday travel has seen demand soar for rapid antigen tests (RATs) across Australia. While a limited number of free tests will be made available to the vulnerable, most Australians will have to buy their own. If you urgently need a test to get back to work or back home, how long will you have to wait?

We've checking supplies every hour from online retailers around Australia. Unfortunately, right now no-one has stock for immediate delivery. But you can get tests delivered from 12 January, if you order quickly.

Across Australia, supermarkets, chemists and even service stations are selling out of tests within minutes of restocking their shelves. Stock isn't expected to widely hit stores until late January, so buying online remains the best bet, though availability here is also very varied.

Compare rapid antigen test kits

You can see how rapid antigen tests compare in the table below, including pricing, express delivery availability and how quickly test results show up. Click on the "View details" button to learn more about each product. (The delivery estimates are best-case once retailers have stock, so you'll be waiting longer than that right now.)

⚠️ Be careful! Things to check with rapid antigen tests ⚠️

We're checking availability for RAT testing kits every hour but these products sell out quickly and prices can change rapidly. Most stores currently have 5 days or more delay on delivery. Delivery times are estimates and can change because of courier delays and supply chain issues. All tests sold in Australia must be approved by the TGA. Some sellers try and charge prices far above the average ("price gouging"). This isn't legal in Australia. Always consider your options carefully before buying.

Name Product Price from Test type Results timeframe (in mins) Stock Availability
Clinical Supplies
Clinical Supplies
$80 (Clungene 5-pack)
Nasal
10-15
Order now - delivery from 24 January
Covid Antigen Test
Covid Antigen Test
$75 (All Test and JusChek 5-pack)
Oral, Nasal
Order now: delivery from 31 January
Rapid Antigen Australia
Rapid Antigen Australia
$149.90 (Clungene10-pack)
Oral, Nasal
15
Order now: delivery from 26 January
Kogan
Kogan
$249 (V-Chek 20-pack)
Oral
10-30
Order now: delivery from 22 February
Amazon
Amazon
$19.99 (AllTest 1-pack)
Nasal
15
Order now: delivery 28 January
COVIDtestonline
COVIDtestonline
$250.00 (InnoScreen 20-pack)
Nasal
15
Order now: delivery from 30 January
AUSTiC
AUSTiC
$69.99 (Roche 5-pack)
Nasal
15-30
Order now: delivery from 25 February
Medcart
Medcart
$65.50(Testseallabs 5-pack)
Oral, Nasal
10 to 15 minutes
Order now: delivery 27 January
Woolworths
Woolworths
$30.00 (Hough 2-pack)
Oral, Nasal
15
Out of stock - in store only
Chemist Warehouse
Chemist Warehouse
$20.00 (RightSign 2-pack)
Nasal
10-15
Out of stock
Coles
Coles
$50 (Hough 5-pack)
Nasal
15
Out of stock
Healthy Life
Healthy Life
$29.95 (Hough 2-pack)
Nasal
10-15
Out of stock
Catch
Catch
$24.98 (EcoTest 2-pack)
Oral
15
Out of stock
MyDeal
MyDeal
$59.95 (InnoScreen 5-pack)
Nasal
15
Out of stock
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How the ACCC is cracking down on price gouging.

"We are seeking information from suppliers about their costs and the current pricing of rapid antigen tests," ACCC chair Rod Sims said. "We are also asking them about their current stock levels, and the amounts on order, and about their expectations about when additional tests may become readily available to consumers."

"We are also contacting major retailers and pharmacies seeking similar information and reminding them that they need to be able to substantiate any claims they make to consumers about the reason for higher prices."

The ACCC investigation is likely to take some time. Availability has also been impacted by reduced staff numbers across the supply chain, with delivery companies also being impacted by staff shortages.

About rapid antigen tests

Unlike a PCR test, rapid antigen tests can be done by yourself at home. They don't need to be sent off to a laboratory either. Everything you need is included in the box. Results typically show up within 15 minutes, similar to a home pregnancy test.

Rapid antigen tests are cheaper and faster than a PCR test but they are also less accurate. If you test positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid antigen test you will still need to get a PCR test to confirm the result.

When purchasing a rapid antigen test online, ensure that the product has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for inclusion in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). You can find a list of approved tests on the TGA website.

Wondering what to do next? Learn more about how COVID-19 testing works.

We updated this story on 6 January 2022 with current stock delivery dates.

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