The University is helping our community access COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for a range of purposes.
To help detect and reduce transmission of COVID-19 in our community, the University is supporting students and staff with access to discounted rapid antigen tests (RATs) on campus for:
- Regular testing following exposure to someone who has COVID-19
- Clearance testing for people returning to campus as they recover from COVID-19
- Voluntary routine testing by asymptomatic people for additional confidence and assurance
The University will also provide limited access to free RATs and P2 masks for students meeting these criteria.
Students and staff may need to undertake asymptomatic testing to participate in activities in higher-risk settings as identified through local risk assessment – local areas will provide RATs if this is required.
How and when should I use a RAT?
- We recommend following this Victorian Government guidance on how and when to use a RAT
Performing the test
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific test kit.
Read taking the test for more information.
After the test
Positive test result
Please follow our guidance for COVID-19 cases to access the latest health advice and support options.
- Seek medical advice as required.
- If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
If you receive a negative result but have symptoms, please do not attend any University location until your symptoms resolve and/or you have a diagnosis that is deemed non-infectious by a GP/specialist.
- If your RAT was negative, throw away all your kit components in your household rubbish bin.
- If your RAT was positive, place all the kit components into a separate bag, seal the bag and throw into the rubbish.
Criteria for students to access free P2 masks and RATs on campus
The University will provide limited access to free P2 masks and RATs for students who meet certain support criteria.
How to access free RATs and P2 masks on campus
You can apply to access free P2 masks and/or RATs from the University if you want to take extra precautions when attending campus under the following circumstances:
- You are immunocompromised and it is medically recommended you use masks when in public
- You have carer responsibilities for others who are immunocompromised
- You are experiencing financial hardship that prevents you from being able to purchase masks and/or RATs
- Where to get free RATs and P2 masks