Free RAT distribution from Council facilities to end

Friday, 29 December 2023

Distribution of free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at City of Greater Geelong facilities will end when existing stock runs out, as the Victorian Government’s Council COVID-19 RAT Distribution Program comes to a close.

This year the City has handed out more than 663,000 free RAT kits at customer service centres, libraries and leisure centres thanks to the government program.

Since its beginning, the program has twice been extended by the state, enabling it to continue until 31 December this year.

Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken:

The distribution of RATs in City facilities has given the community quick and free access to COVID-19 testing.

This has helped individuals keep themselves and their families safe during and since the pandemic, and has been especially valuable for those with vulnerable family members.

We thank the Victorian Government for providing this program, which has been well received by the Greater Geelong community.
Free RATs are available to all community members at the following City facilities until stock runs out:

Customer Service Centres
Corio Customer Service Centre
Drysdale Customer Service Centre
Wurriki Nyal Customer Service Centre

Barwon Heads Library
Belmont Library
Chilwell Library
Corio Library
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (The Dome)
Geelong West Library
Highton Library
Lara Library
Leopold Library
Newcomb Library
Ocean Grove Library
Waurn Ponds Library

Sporting and Aquatic Centres
Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre
Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Leisuretime Sports Precinct
Splashdown Leisure Centre

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker has advised that people are still recommended to seek a test if they display symptoms of COVID-19. RATs are available to purchase from local pharmacies and some supermarkets, while Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests can be obtained by referral from a GP.

Page last updated: Friday, 29 December 2023