The NSW Government will provide free Rapid Antigen Tests to vulnerable communities and expand its existing program to include those accessing tests through the Federal Government’s Concessional Access Program, which is due to finish at the end of the month.

The expanded program would allow eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW to access 10 Rapid Antigen Tests over three months up until 31 October 2022.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP said the NSW Government is committed to making sure no one is left behind and ensuring vulnerable communities have the support they need through winter.

“These tests will be available at designated neighbourhood and community centres across the Manly electorate,” Mr Griffin said.

“There is no need to rush or panic about whether or not you will be able to access tests— we have enough tests to support you.”

The NSW Government has already made millions of Rapid Antigen Tests available to vulnerable communities, including multicultural communities, people with disability and their carers, homelessness services, social housing tenants, and children and young people in out-of-home care.

“We want to keep the pressure off the most vulnerable as much as possible, and the expansion of this program is a key way for the NSW Government to do that,” Mr Griffin said.

“Access to these tests is also important for these groups as early diagnosis and treatment are vital given the higher risks for these cohorts to COVID-19.”

If you are at a higher risk of severe illness, plan ahead. Speak to your doctor now about antiviral or other early treatment for COVID-19, so you understand your options if you test positive. If you are not at higher risk of severe illness, do a rapid antigen test unless you have arrived from overseas and have COVID-19 symptoms or your doctor tells you to have a PCR test.

Tests will be available through 210 neighbourhood and community centres located across the state. For more information and to find neighbourhood and community centres providing Rapid Antigen Tests, visit https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/rapid-tests.