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The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is supplying free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to ensure eligible services providers can support the needs of our priority client groups and their carers, as well as their own staff.

The priority groups include:

  • 24-hour residential services for homelessness, out-of-home care and youth justice rehabilitation
  • children and young people in out-of-home care, their carers and birth parents
  • vulnerable children and families at risk in child protection, and domestic and family violence
  • social housing tenants supported by community housing provider
  • case management for people receiving homelessness, community corrections and youth justice services
  • Aboriginal communities
  • people with disability including individuals who are immunocompromised
  • carers.


To be eligible, your organisation must provide services to any of the priority client groups listed above.

In addition, your organisation must either:

  1. be contracted by DCJ to provide those services, or
  2. if not contracted by DCJ, be a non-government organisation or charity that provides services to people with disability, and be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

How to order the RATs

You can order RATs at any time, using our online order form.

Each order can be for 300, 600 or 900 RATs. Plan ahead so that your organisation has enough RATs for winter.

The RATs are free and will be delivered at no cost to the address you nominate when ordering.

Place your order

We expect demand to be high, so please be patient for receiving your order.

Why is DCJ providing these for free?

The NSW Government is committed to protecting the community and providing RATs to those in need.

This initiative ensures organisations are able to maintain their services early detection and treatment of COVID-19.

You can read more in Minister Maclaren-Jones media release.

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Last updated: 17 May 2022