Buy rapid antigen tests (RATs) in Canberra: From $6 per test

Posted: 23 March 2022 11:15 am
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Here's how you can easily and affordably secure rapid antigen tests in Canberra and the ACT.

Like the rest of the country, the ACT is currently experiencing a spike in COVID cases. One of the most essential weapons we have to fight COVID is rapid antigen testing. Gone are the days of having to wait 48 hours or longer for a PCR test result every time you experience symptoms or are a close contact. Rapid tests let you know if you have COVID in around 15 minutes.

With rising case numbers in Canberra and the ACT, you'll want to know your best options for securing RATs. That's why we've assembled this guide to the cheapest and most affordable RATs for ACT residents. All the brands below are TGA-approved, and the retailers are all based in Australia.

Cheapest rapid antigen tests Canberra and ACT


$7.95 off single test-pack from Rapid Antigen Tests Online
$7.95 off single test-pack from Rapid Antigen Tests Online

The cheapest option to secure a 1-pack RAT kit online is from Rapid Antigen Tests Online. You can buy a JusCheck oral or nasal swab RAT online for $7 (plus flat $12.50 express shipping). You can scale this deal all the way up to 200 RATs, stock permitting.

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



$29.91 off 5-pack on Rapid Proof
$29.91 off 5-pack on Rapid Proof

Secure big savings by buying a larger quantity of RATs. You can get this 5-pack of JusChek nasal swab kits for just $29.99, plus free shipping.

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


Buy now for $29.99 ($6 per test)

$20 off 10-pack from Rapid Antigen Australia
$20 off 10-pack from Rapid Antigen Australia

Purchase this 10-pack of Flowflex nasal test kits for just $79.90 (plus $7.95 shipping). Buying in bulk offers greater savings, and is an ideal option for larger families.

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


Buy now for $79.90 ($7.99 per test)

$20 for 2-pack from Catch
$20 for 2-pack from Catch

Grab a RightSign 2-pack of RATs for just $20 plus free shipping. In fact, Catch offers free shipping on all RAT orders.

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


Buy now for $20 ($10 per test)

How to use a RAT kit

If you're unsure how RAT kits work, or would like a reminder, NSW Health has produced a generic video to help out. It's important to remember, however, that instructions will vary from brand to brand.

RAT rules in ACT

The ACT government officially recommends PCR tests for people with COVID symptoms and children under the age of 2. If you test positive on a RAT, you must register your result on this form. If you return a positive result, you must isolate for at least 7 days. ACT Health will contact you to let you know when you can leave isolation.

If you are a close contact, you must perform a RAT or PCR test. If you test negative, you must isolate for the 7 days after your last exposure, and take another test on or after day 6.

Free rapid antigen tests Canberra and ACT

Certain ACT residents are eligible to claim free RATs. You're eligible for this scheme if you 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.

If you hold one of these cards, you can head to a participating community pharmacy and collect a maximum of 5 tests in 1 month or 10 tests in 3 months.

Where to buy masks in ACT

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Face masks are mandatory in a number of settings in the ACT, and that list could grow as cases continue to rise. Check out the best options for buying masks online 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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