Rapid antigen tests must be free and accessible to all

Posted on
January 11, 2022

Tell Scott Morrison!

The Federal Government must step up to make rapid antigen tests free and accessible to all.


The UK and US governments have made rapid COVID tests free and accessible to their citizens. Once again Scott Morrison is leaving Australia behind, even though unions and businesses urged him to make rapid antigen tests free back in October. He could have chosen to act, but he did nothing.

Morrison is now planning to divide the nation by giving a small number of Australians limited access to free rapid antigen tests, but everyone else is left to fend for themselves.

The cost of rapid antigen tests might be small change to the prime minister, but they are out of reach for many families.

Working people have already lost shifts and missed out on hours and pay because of the COVID outbreaks. Family budgets are stretched to the limit. Far too many Australians are spending hours in massive testing queues or scrambling around multiple pharmacies looking for rapid testing kits. The government needs to get free tests to all.

We’ve seen time and time again that when the going gets tough, Scott Morrison goes missing. We can’t afford this inaction anymore, so we’re asking everyone to sign the petition and urge the Federal Government to step up and make rapid antigen tests free and accessible.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form