If you've received a positive result on a rapid antigen test, you no longer need to get a PCR test, as a positive result indicates you have an extremely high chance of having COVID-19. This change has been introduced in order to relieve pressure on the testing system, and allow people with symptoms to be prioritised at testing clinics.

National test and isolate protocols

After you've received a positive test result (either via RAT or PCR) you must:

  • Report your positive test to your close contacts as well as your state or territory health department. In some states, failure to report a positive test could result in a fine (for example $1000 in NSW) - the easiest way to report is via the relevant online form here:

  • Isolate at home for at least 7 days from the day you had your test (or ten days in South Australia). If you have symptoms at Day 6, have another test at a walk-in or drive-through testing clinic. This may be either a PCR or a RAT test, and will be free.

  • If test is positive you must stay at home until symptoms are gone or have a negative test.

  • If you have no symptoms at Day 7, you can return to normal living and leave your home. You do not need a further test.

  • Wear a mask when leaving the home and avoid visiting high-risk settings for at least 7 days following a negative test or end of symptoms.

While at home isolating, you should wear a mask if you need to walk through the house to reach a toilet or bathroom, but otherwise remain in a private space. Ensure you sanitise any parts of the house that you come into contact with such as taps or doorknobs, and practice good hygiene.

As per government advice, the definition of close contact has recently changed, but you should contact anyone who fits this description and let them know you are waiting for a result. They should also take a rapid antigen test.

Most people will be able to manage any symptoms they might develop at home. However, if you are pregnant, live with a chronic health condition or are aged 65 or over, you should contact your GP for advice. If you're concerned about your symptoms at any point, you can also speak to us here at Sonder.

For further information on each state and territory, visit the relevant health department's advice on what to do if you test positive for COVID:

More questions?

If you need help such as finding a testing facility near you, or have concerns about any symptoms, the Sonder team is here 24/7 to provide advice and assistance. Chat with us any time.

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