New requirement to report positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results

Anyone who tests positive using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will now be required to register their result with Service NSW.

From 12 January, you must report a positive rapid antigen test result:

  • within 24 hours of getting the result.
  • every time you get a positive result.

If you have tested positive and reported your result, you can:

  • quickly understand your relative level of risk based on your personal circumstances
  • access support services available from NSW Health
  • access financial support, such as the Pandemic Disaster Leave Payment.

More details about Rapid Antigen Tests here.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the new registration process was an important part of managing the pandemic.

“NSW residents can register their result with just a few clicks on the Service NSW website or by using the Service NSW app,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Registering your RAT result enables NSW Health to provide you with advice on self-isolation and managing COVID-19 symptoms at home, to connect high risk people to clinical care services and to help inform the ongoing public health response.”

Most people do not need a PCR test to confirm they are positive for COVID-19.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the reporting of a positive RAT will be required under a public health order.

“Ensuring individuals are connected to the appropriate public health advice and keeping a watch on trends is the prime purpose,” Mr Hazzard said.

If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you may be able to safely manage COVID-19 at home.

Most people with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover in a few days or so, with some people having no symptoms at all.

Please contact your GP or call the NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933 if you are pregnant, or if you have a chronic condition.

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Register a positive rapid antigen test result here.