Community RAT Program


Free Rapid Antigen tests (RATs) are now available for priority and high-risk community members to collect from the following Customer Service locations:

  • Lerderderg Library, Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
  • Darley Civic & Community Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley
  • 15 Stead Street, Ballan

You are eligible to collect RATs if you are 70 years or older, a Concession Card holder or person with a disability, immunocompromised or their carer.

Please show your concession, Seniors or disability card to staff to collect your free RATs, or let them know you are 70 years or older or immunocompromised.

If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 please do not collect RATs until you are well. If you can’t get to a location, a guardian or carer can collect your free RATs for you.

Who can get free RATs?

Twenty tests (4 kits) are available each visit for people with a disability and carers collecting the tests on behalf of people with a disability. These include:

  • NDIS participants
  • Disability support pensioners
  • People with a disability who receive Transport Accident Commission benefit

Five tests (1 kit) are available each visit for people 70 years or older, immunocompromised people and people with concession cards. Eligible concession cards are:

  • Seniors card
  • Pensioner Concession cards
  • Commonwealth Senior Health Care card
  • Health Care card
  • Low Income Health Care card
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange cards

If multiple people are listed on any of these listed cards, they are entitled to receive free RATs. 

What if I have symptoms or I am a contact of a COVID-19 case?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a Council location to collect your free RATs. Instead, please collect free RATs at testing sites which you can find through the coronavirus website.

Where can I get more information on the use of RATs?

For more information about getting tested and reporting a positive RAT result, visit the Department of Health website or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.