Rapid antigen tests

The University is supporting our community by providing free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for a range of purposes.

The University is providing rapid antigen tests (RATs) for:

  • Exposed persons – as advised by our Public Health Network*
  • Clearance testing for people who are required on campus following a household exposure – please contact our Public Health Network for further advice*
  • Asymptomatic testing of students and staff in higher-risk settings as identified through local risk assessment
  • Students and staff attending campus who wish to participate in a voluntary asymptomatic testing program for additional confidence and assurance

    * Where possible, students and staff should source tests from Victorian Government distribution points for these purposes. However, they are welcome to collect tests on campus if they are unable to obtain a RAT elsewhere.

We also provided RATs to commencing students as part of our 2022 Orientation activities.

Students concerned about attending campus due to personal circumstances (eg you are immunocompromised or have caring responsibilities for others who are), can also access P2 masks after registering with the University. Masks will be made available for collection at the distribution points below – noting you must show your confirmation email to receive P2 masks.

Collection points

There are distribution points on every campus.

Please do not come to campus to collect a test if you are unwell. Please ask someone to collect a test from campus on your behalf or visit a Victorian Government testing site.

Find your local campus collection point:

Campus Building number Building name / location Operating times*
Parkville 130 Union House
UMSU Information Centre, ground floor
Mon–Fri: 8.30am – 5pm
Ballarat   Campus Life Desk 8am – 4pm
Burnley   Reception 8.30am – 5.30pm
Creswick   Reception              Mon–Fri: 8.15am – 4pm
Dookie 505 Reception  8.30am – 4.30pm
Hawthorn   442 Auburn Rd
Level 1, main entrance
Mon–Fri: 10am – 6pm
Shepparton   Rural Health, 49 Graham St
Reception 
9am – 5pm
Southbank 863 Student Lounge, The Hub Mon–Fri: 8.30am – 2pm
Wangaratta   Campus Life Desk  
Werribee 418 J.A Gilruth Library, Teaching Block 11am – 2pm
* University collection points will be closed on University holidays

Find Victorian Government testing sites

More information

  • Performing the test

    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific test kit.

    Read taking the test for more information.

  • Test disposal
    • 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.
  • Reporting your result

    Negative result

    If you receive a negative result but display symptoms, please do not attend until your symptoms resolve and/or you have a diagnosis that is deemed non-infectious by a GP/specialist. You do not need to report your result unless specifically requested by the Department of Health or our Public Health Network.

    Positive test result

    Please follow the guidance on our testing and isolation page, which includes:

    • Isolate immediately, following the current Victorian Government guidelines.
    • Report your result to the Department of Health online or call 1800 675 398.
    • Email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au to advise positive RAT and confirm a date of test and isolation status.
    • Notify your course coordinator (students) or supervisor (staff).
    • If you are on campus, leave campus immediately. If you must use public transport, be sure to wear a face covering, practice hand hygiene and cough/sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
    • Seek medical advice as required.
    • If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
  • Voluntary asymptomatic screening – program details

    The University is providing access to free rapid antigen tests for students and staff attending campus as part of an asymptomatic screening program to support early detection and management of COVID‑19 across our community.

    Students and staff attending campus are being supported to test twice a week, with rapid antigen tests available for collection in two-week bundles (four tests at a time) from distribution points on campus.

    If you would like to participate please collect tests from your closest collection point.

  • Additional resources