COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Community RAT Program

The Victorian Rapid Antigen Test Kit Distribution Program ended on the 31st December 2023. This means that the State Government will no longer be supplying Yarriambiack Shire Council with Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). Council has a limited supply of stock remaining from this program and we encourage residents to contact Council's Customer Service team should you require additional RATs. Unfortunately, the end of this program means that once Council's current stock is exhausted, we will no longer be able to provide free RATs to the public. However, they are available to purchase from most supermarkets and pharmacies.  

While RATs are the easiest way to test for COVID-19, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses or infections, is to stay home if you are unwell. Importantly, if you have any symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or a cough, avoid contact with others, particularly the elderly or people with a compromised immune system. 

For further information, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria - Better Health Channel or contact Council's Manager Community Health Tim Rose on 5398 0100.

What if I have symptoms or I am a contact of a COVID-19 case?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a council location to collect your free RATs. Instead, please collect free RATs at testing sites which you can find through the coronavirus website

Where can I get more information on the use of RATs?

For more information about getting tested and reporting a positive RAT result, visit the Department of Health website

Alternatively you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.

COVID-19 Updates

We are encouraging people to stay informed about health matters directly with Victoria's COVID-19 lead agency DHHS.

This is where the most up to date information can be found.

For information on how to book a vaccination


Anyone can get sick from COVID-19, but some people are more vulnerable to severe illness if they have existing health problems or are older.

We can all take steps right now to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a face mask indoors
  • Let fresh air in
  • Stay home if unwell
  • Get tested if unwell
  • Get medicines if at risk


For information regarding health questions please contact the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the DHHS Coronavirus website.

Updates will be made to this page as changes are made to our services.