Industry update: RAT collection expanding to drive-throughs

An update from the Department of Premier and Cabinet COVID-19 Communications team.

Drive-through collection sites will open across the Perth metropolitan area from Wednesday, 18 May for people who are close contacts with no symptoms to collect their free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).


Drive-through locations for RAT collection are located in Joondalup, Jandakot and Bassendean. This makes it even more convenient for close contacts with no symptoms to collect RATs as part of the requirement to undertake a daily RAT before leaving their place of isolation.

A full list of collection points and opening hours is available on If you or someone you know return a positive RAT result, please register the result online with the Department of Health as soon as you can.

RAT Household Deliveries

Households which have not yet received their 15 free RATs have now been emailed and can choose to pick up their RATs from a collection point, or have their free RATs redelivered to their address. For some households, they may not have received this email given their RATs are still in the distribution process and will be delivered imminently.

A full list of collection points and opening hours is available on

Mask Wearing

As you are aware, as part of baseline public health and social measures, masks are still required in some settings, including places like hospitals and health care settings, aged care, corrective services and on public transport.

With high COVID-19 case numbers in our community, many of us are now choosing to voluntarily wear a mask in settings where we aren’t required to, and we want to encourage Western Australians to feel comfortable wearing a mask whenever they’re out and about in the community, especially as we approach the winter months.

So, if you’re attending a large event, can’t physically distance, or are in an indoor space, remember – there’s nothing wrong with wearing a mask.

Our posters and signage hub includes some posters to help encourage mask wearing, and we recently published a Facebook post to reinforce this message. We will continue to share additional posts about wearing masks over the coming days and weeks, and we encourage you to do the same.

If you haven’t done so already, visit our managing COVID-19 hub to find more information about preparing for COVID-19, what to expect, and advice for workplaces.

More Information

All the latest information is available on our social media channels, and your assistance with sharing the WA Government Facebook and Twitter posts is appreciated.