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get tested for COVID-19

Get tested for COVID-19 to keep you and your community safe and well.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

There are 2 types of test that can detect if you have the COVID-19 virus:

1. polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

2. rapid antigen test (RAT)

PCR tests are taken at testing clinics by healthcare workers and are better at detecting COVID-19. The test involves a swab being taken from the back of your throat and nose. It generally takes less than a minute. Once the test is complete, the sample is sent to a laboratory and tested to see if you have COVID-19.

RATs can be used at home without supervision and can give you results in 15 minutes. If you test positive using a RAT, you are considered an official positive case and you must report your result to the Department of Health online or call 1800 675 398. RATs are available for free at cohealth’s dedicated RAT distribution clinic. 

When should I get a PCR test?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any one of the symptoms listed below:

  • a fever (38c or above)
  • night sweats or chills
  • chest infection
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

What do I need to do?

Visit one of cohealth walk-in testing centres listed below. No appointment needed.

Note: There is currently a high demand for COVID-19 tests. You may experience a longer wait than usual. Pathology services are working hard to process your test.  If you have not got your COVID-19 test result within 7 days, please email

cohealth Collingwood 
365 Hoddle Street, Collingwood
9448 5550
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9:15am to 4:30pm
(closed between 12:15 and 1:15)

cohealth West Footscray
575a Barkly Street, Footscray
9688 9588
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9:15am to 4:30pm 
(closed between 12:15pm and 1:15pm)

Melbourne University 
Tin Alley, Melbourne University, Parkville
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 8:15am to 5:45pm
Parking available next to the oval on Morrisons Close. 
Open every day until 4 February 2022.

Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am to 6pm
Open every day until 24 January 2022.

Make an appointment to get tested at the cohealth Respiratory Clinic in Laverton. Appointments are available Monday – Sunday from 9:30am – 4:45pm 

cohealth Laverton 
95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton
Call: 9448 5552  (For appointments only. Please do not call for test results)
Book online: HotDoc

Alternatively, get tested at one of the other COVID-19 assessment centres across Victoria. For a list of assessment centre locations, go to the Victorian Department of Health website.

where can I get a rapid antigen test (RAT)?

If you are eligible to get a RAT,  you can pick one up from cohealth’s RAT Distribution Clinic. Eligibility is based on Department of Health guidelinesand currently includes people who are asymptomatic contacts (household, workplace or social contact). Eligibility guidelines may change based on supply and demand for the tests. 

cohealth Rapid Antigen Test Distribution Clinic

170 Bouverie street, Carlton (on the Melbourne University grounds) 

Walk-in clinic open seven days a week from 8.15am-5.45pm  

what will it cost me?

Free. There is no cost for a COVID-19 RAT or PCR test. 

when will I get my results?

For a PCR test, the clinic that conducted the test will contact you with your results. Results usually take 48 hours, however due to increased demand for testing there are significant delays. It can take up to 7 days to receive your results. If your result is not returned before this time, please contact us at

If you test yourself using a RAT, most tests produce results within 10-20 minutes. 

more information

For more information, see the Victorian Department of Health webpage Getting tested for COVID-19.


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