COVID-19 testing and the workplace

Published 18 February 2022 | Updated 3 March 2022

In this section, you’ll find information and guidance on COVID-19 testing and the workplace.

Employees may get tested for COVID-19 for several reasons, including when they have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact. Some of these reasons might be connected to their work. State or territory health departments’ websites contain guidance about when and how to get tested.

The Department of Health also provides public health advice on COVID-19 testing. See: Department of Health: Testing for COVID-19 external-icon.png.

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How COVID-19 tests work

There are 2 types of tests that can detect if you have the COVID-19 virus:

  • rapid antigen tests
  • nucleic acid, commonly known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), tests.

Find out more from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) about how COVID-19 testing works external-icon.png.