Buy rapid antigen tests in Melbourne: From $5.99 per test

Posted: 24 March 2022 9:45 am
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Need to get your hands on a rapid antigen test in Victoria? Buy RAT kits at these online stores with prices starting at $5.99 per test.

Melbourne has arguably been hit harder by COVID-19 than anywhere else in Australia. While some cities such as Perth have stayed relatively unscathed, Melbourne has spent an unprecedented 262 days in lockdown since March 2020 and sadly endured more than 2,000 deaths.

While most restrictions have now been lifted, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. With winter on the horizon and concerns about the BA.2 subvariant, it remains imperative to get tested as soon as symptoms arise.

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) remain one of the fastest and easiest ways to get tested for COVID-19 in Victoria. This is especially true now that stock levels have stabilised around the country.

To help you find the best price possible, we've gathered together some of the cheapest TGA-approved tests from Australia-based suppliers.

Buy rapid antigen tests online

All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Cheapest rapid antigen tests for Melbourne and Victoria

Rapid Antigen Tests Online: $7 per test
Rapid Antigen Tests Online: $7 per test

Rapid Antigen Tests Online is selling JusChek oral and nasal swabs for just $7 per test (down from $14.95). The $7 price applies to all order quantities, including a single test.

  • Clinical nasal test kit
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions
  • Express delivery



Oral COVID Kits: $9.97 per test
Oral COVID Kits: $9.97 per test

Oral COVID Kits has a 2-pack of EcoTest Oral Saliva Rapid Antigen Tests for $19.95. That works out to $9.97 per test. You can also request express shipping (same day dispatch with tracking) for an extra $6.

  • Clinical saliva test kit
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions



Rapid Proof: $5.99 per test
Rapid Proof: $5.99 per test

Rapid Proof is selling a 5-pack of JusChek nasal swab kits is $29.99, plus free shipping - down from $59.90.

  • Clinical nasal test kit
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions
  • Express delivery available


Buy now for $29.99 ($5.99 per test)

Medmate: $6.58 per test
Medmate: $6.58 per test

Medmate is selling 5-packs of Cellife COVID-19 Antigen Test Cassettes for $32.90, plus $7.95 shipping. There are also other test types available and bulk orders of up to 50 tests.

  • Clinical nasal test kit
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions



How to use a RAT kit

Unsure as to how RAT kits work, or need a refresher? The NSW government has produced a generic video that can talk you through the steps. (Keep in mind, instructions will differ from brand to brand - you can find these in the box.)

RAT rules in Victoria

Rapid antigen tests are an important tool in the fight against COVID in Victoria. If you return a positive RAT, you must register your test result via the VIC.GOV.AU website, and immediately isolate for 7 days.

If you're symptomatic, but return a negative RAT the government's advice is to take another rapid test in 24 hours, or have a PCR test. You should also monitor your symptoms closely. Otherwise, you're free to go about your day in a "COVID safe" way.

For more advice on when and how to use rapid antigen tests, head to the Victorian government's RAT information page.

Free rapid antigen tests Melbourne and Victoria

Certain Vic residents are eligible for free RATs. Particular concession card holders can collect free rapid test kits from participating local community pharmacies. Eligible Australians can get a maximum of 5 tests in 1 month, and a maximum of 10 tests in 3 months.

To be eligible for this scheme, you need to hold one of the following concession cards:

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low Income Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold, White or Orange card.

Where to buy masks in Victoria

Rising COVID cases could see an increased emphasis placed on masks. Whether widely mandated or not, they are a simple and easy way to mitigate the spread of COVID. Check out your options for buying masks of various types below.

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Want to learn more about COVID-19 rapid antigen tests? See Finder's complete guide here.

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