Free RAT's for Residents

YPRL Staff

13 February, 2023

Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) are available from most local councils so that all Victorians can plan ahead and get tested if they have COVID symptoms.

Most YPRL branches in co-operation with their local government authority have received RAT's that are available for residents to collect, we recommend calling ahead of time to confirm that your closest local branch has enough supply if you are planning to make a trip!

YPRL Rapid Antigen collection locations:

  • If you are in the Nillumbik Area, click here for a list of information and pick up location of where you can collect free RAT's. These locations include our Diamond Valley and Eltham libraries

  • If you are in the City of Whittlesea, free RAT's are available to collect from our Lalor, Mill Park, Thomastown or Whittlesea branch, for more information and the latest updates for this area click here

  • If you are within Banyule City Council, your points for collection will be our Rosanna, Watsonia and Ivanhoe Library branches. 

  • If you are within Murrindindi Shire Council, there are tests available to collect at the Kinglake, Yea and Alexandra Library Branches. Murrindindi Shire Council has specifics for being eligible to collect Rapid Antigens so please read through their conditions here before going to collect.  

As more locations become available with stock of Rapid Antigens to be collected they will be added to the following map; here. You can search by your suburb to find the most convenient locations for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions:


Can you post them to my address?

Unfortunately, councils will not be posting RATs. The free RATs must be collected in person. However, if you cannot visit one of our facilities, you can send another member of your household or a care giver to collect on your behalf.

How many RATs can I access?

Individuals may collect up to two packets (approximately 10 tests) for themselves, plus an additional two packets for each household member per visit.

Can I access more if I have a disability or am a care giver?

Individuals with a disability or their care giver may collect up to four packets (approximately 20 tests).

Do I have to live in the municipality to access RATs?

Some areas such as the City of Whittlesea provides it's allocation for residents living within their municipality. However the scheme is in place across the state, so simply visit your local Council’s library or customer service centre to access your free RATs. 


For the latest information on keeping yourself and your community COVID safe, testing, and what to do if you test positive, go to the Victorian Government Coronavirus Website. 

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