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Where to bulk buy rapid antigen tests online

Anyone looking to restock their supply of RAT kits should head to these reliable online retailers first.

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Rapid antigen tests (RATs) remain a cornerstone of Australia's pandemic response. If you're looking to secure a steady supply of testing kits to ensure you're always well-equipped to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you're in luck.

We've rounded up a list of online destinations offering RAT bulk buying solutions and listed them below. These retailers offer tests in packs of 10 or more. Scroll on to learn more.

WHERE TO BULK BUY RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS ONLINE

Be careful! Things to check with rapid antigen tests

We're checking availability for RAT testing kits regularly but delivery times are subject to change. All tests sold in Australia must be approved by the TGA. Some sellers try and charge prices far above the average ("price gouging"). This isn't legal in Australia. Always consider your options carefully before buying.

Compare rapid antigen bulk buy test kits

Name Product Test type Pack size Price per test Delivery Cost
Little Whales
Little Whales
Nasal
2
$13
Ships Australia-wide.
$15 flat rate or FREE on orders over $100
Aussie Pharma Direct
Aussie Pharma Direct
Nasal
1 to 20
$3.95
Free shipping
HealthyLife
HealthyLife
Nasal
5
$7.79
$7 or FREE on orders $30+
eBay
eBay
Oral, Nasal
5 to 20
$4.40
$9 or FREE for select sellers
Amazon
Amazon
Oral, Nasal
1 to 480
$3.74
$9.99 or FREE on orders $39+
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How do rapid COVID tests work?

A rapid antigen test is a screening tool used to detect COVID-19. You can take the test at home without the need for lab equipment or a health professional. Instead, place a saliva sample or nasal swab into a chemical solution. Results usually take less than 20 minutes.

Rapid antigen tests are not as accurate as a PCR test, with a higher chance of a false negative. But the government advice on receiving a positive result on a RAT has changed. Whereas you previously had to arrange a PCR COVID test from a clinic for confirmation, you are now advised simply to self-isolate.

COVID-19 testing kits require TGA approval and inclusion in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before being sold legally in Australia. Stock is limited, so grab yourself a kit when they are available.


How much do rapid COVID tests cost?

Pricing for RATs varies. You can expect to pay between $20 and $30 per pack, which typically contains 5 rapid antigen tests. It's possible to get the price down to under $3 per test if you buy multiple packs in a single purchase. This is a sensible option if you live in a large household or need to test yourself regularly due to travel.

RAT suppliers with the cheapest prices include Medmate and COVID Solutions Australia. If you prefer to buy from traditional retailers, Chemist Warehouse consistently has discounted RATs available.


Do I need a COVID test for travel?

Some countries and airlines require a pre-departure test result at check-in before you can board your flight. You can check the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to at the SmartTraveller website.


Free rapid COVID tests

There are a variety of ways you can access free rapid antigen tests depending on where in Australia you live. The following is a brief rundown of the major ways individuals in each state and territory can access free RATs.

  • NSW – Free RATs are available to eligible concession card holders, those living with a disability and immunocompromised individuals.
  • Victoria – Most local councils offer free RATs. All Victorians are able to collect up to 2 packs of 5 RATs per person. People with disabilities and their carers can get 20 free tests.
  • Queensland – Free RATs are available to eligible concession card holders, individuals who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless or individuals who are seeking asylum in Queensland.
  • Western Australia – Western Australian households can collect 20 free RATs from designated RAT Collection Points.
  • South Australia – South Australians can collect 5 free RATS from designated RAT Collection Points.
  • Tasmania – Tasmanians can request a free RAT here.
  • Northern Territory – Free RATs are available at a range of participating health providers throughout the Northern Territory, including GPs and health clinics.
  • ACT – Free RATs are available for collection at the Garran Surge Centre and for eligible concession card holders at ACT libraries.

COVID-19 isolation requirements

Isolation is no longer a requirement following a positive COVID result. However, the practice is strongly recommended by health authorities.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you it is highly recommended that you do not visit high-risk settings such as aged and disability care facilities for 7 days.


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