Getting tested for coronavirus

Stay informed with the latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Getting tested for coronavirus

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.

COVID-19 symptoms are: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste.

People with no symptoms can also be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) in very specific circumstances:

  • if they are a close contact exposed to someone known to have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • as part of an outbreak investigation and response by the Department of Health, including visiting a known exposure site
  • if they are a returned international traveller
  • if they have visited a high risk interstate location
  • if they are due to have surgery or a planned hospital stay
  • if they are part of a targeted testing program across an industry or group.

About the test

  • The test is free for everyone.
  • The test takes around a minute and involves a swab from the back of your throat and nose.
  • You need to bring your Medicare card. If you don’t have a Medicare card then bring one form of identification, like your driver’s licence or student ID.

Self-isolation requirements

  • You should return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result, OR if your test was a hospital pre-admission requirement (e.g. prior to surgery or having a baby), you should self-isolate until your admission.
  • If you have been identified as needing to quarantine by authorised officers (e.g. as a close contact or because you have visited an interstate high risk location), you will need to quarantine for the full 14 days, regardless of whether you have received a negative test.

Visit the Department of Health Victoria website to learn more about getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Information about getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health Victoria website provides step-by-step advice for when and how to get tested for coronavirus.

Fast track the COVID-19 screening process – complete the online Testing Registration form

In partnership with the Department of Health, we’ve introduced the online Testing Registration form at all Monash Health testing sites to speed up the screening process.

What do I do?

Simply visit the Department of Health’s Testing Registration website before attending the testing site, or while you wait.

For families, you also have the option to register family members (dependents) who are under 16 years of age.

Once you have completed your details, you’ll receive an eight-digit unique registration code, which will be valid for 90 days. This means that if you attend another site for testing during this time, you won’t need to resupply your information.

When it’s your turn to be tested, please provide your code to our team. They will then be able to quickly pull up your information.

Please remember, you must still bring your Medicare card.

Completing the form is optional, but it will save you time.

The information you provide will be collected by the Department of Health and stored securely.

For more information, visit the Department of Health Victoria website or call their hotline on 1300 650 172.

Coronavirus testing locations

Monash Health has established several screening clinics where people can be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19):

Children of all ages can be tested at Monash Health’s screening clinics.

Please check the state government’s Coronavirus website for real-time screening clinic availability.

Please note: opening hours are subject to change based on demand.

Cheltenham, Centre Dandenong Road

This is a drive-through only location (you must be in a vehicle to get tested).

Address

Hours

This clinic is closed on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August

Clayton, Wellington Road

This location accepts both drive-through and walk-in testing.

Hours

Open seven days a week
9am to 4pm

Directions to Dandenong Drive-through Clinic from Clayton Screening Clinic (PDF document)

Cranbourne, Casey Fields

This is a drive-through only location (you must be in a vehicle to get tested).

Hours

Open seven days a week
From 9am to 4pm

Dandenong, Carroll Lane

This location accepts both drive-through and walk-in testing.

Directions to Dandenong, Caroll Lane from nearby Monash Health locations:

Pakenham, IYU Recreation Reserve

This is a drive-through only location (you must be in a vehicle to get tested).

St Kilda, Lower Esplanade

This location accepts both drive-through and walk-in testing.

Directions to Dandenong Drive-through Clinic from Clayton Screening Clinic (PDF document)

Where to get tested

For all information on where to get tested for COVID-19 and current wait times, please visit:

Disability Support

If you require additional support to get a COVID-19 test, we recommend contacting your local Disability Liaison Officer. More information is available here.

You may also be eligible for the Call-to-Test option, a service which tests those eligible at home. To find out more, please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/call-to-test-covid-19

Download coronavirus screening clinic and symptom information

Refer to the following document for up to date information about Monash Health screening clinics and testing criteria.

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