About This Program
The Australian government is introducing a temporary Rapid Antigen Test Concessional Access program. This new program starts on 24 January 2022 and ends on 30 April 2022.
If you have a valid, eligible Commonwealth concession card, you can access up to 10 rapid antigen tests through participating community pharmacies, at no cost to you. You can access a maximum of 10 rapid antigen tests over the three-month period, but no more than 5 tests in any month.
This temporary program enables eligible people to access rapid antigen tests, to be more confident engaging in your regular activities, while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.
The Australian Government and state and territory governments are jointly funding this program to provide rapid antigen tests to eligible people at no cost.
If you have a valid Commonwealth concession card from the list below, you are eligible to receive up to 10 rapid antigen tests, over 3 months, at no cost to you from a participating community pharmacy:
- Pensioner Concession card
- Commonwealth Senior Health Care card
- Health Care Card (including Low Income Health Care card)
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange cards
If you are eligible you will need to visit an Alive Pharmacy Warehouse in person to claim your tests, or have a guardian/carer attend to collect them on your behalf.
A valid Commonwealth concession card will need to be shown to Alive Pharmacy Warehouse. You will also need to agree to the pharmacy recording your concession card details into our system for supply and compliance.
If you are confirmed as an eligible person by the participating pharmacy, with a remaining allocation available, you may be supplied with a minimum of two tests and a maximum of 5 tests.
You may ask for your maximum allocation limit as a single supply, if required. The decision to provide this to you will be at the discretion of the pharmacy and dependent on whether the pharmacy has enough tests available. If you have already received the maximum number of tests you're entitled to, the pharmacy will let you know.
For purposes of this program, the following time periods apply:
- First Month 24th January 2022 to 28th February 2022
- Second Month 1st March 2022 to 31st March 2022
- Third Month 1st April 2022 to 30 April 2022
You will only be allowed to access a maximum of 5 tests in any month of the program, as outlined above, until you have reached the maximum number of tests available to you.
These tests you receive under this program will be at no charge to you.