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Pensioners and other concession card holders can now pick up free rapid antigen tests (RATs) from any Service NSW Service Centre, Mobile Service Centre or Disaster Recovery Centre.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said from today eligible customers in NSW will now also be able to access up to 10 free RATs through Service NSW Centres, in addition to existing distribution points at more than 200 neighbourhood and community centres located across the State.

“Although we are heading out of winter, the risk of COVID-19 remains and we want to ensure RATs are easily accessible for pensioners and concession card holders,” Mr Dominello said.

“We are committed to supporting our local communities and helping to drive down the cost of living where we can for vulnerable people.”

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said this shows the Government’s continued commitment to keeping those most vulnerable to the virus safe.

“This roll-out is part of the NSW Government’s program to provide millions of free rapid antigen tests to ensure they are readily available to support our state’s most vulnerable,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said."

“Eligible customers need to show Service NSW staff their Commonwealth concession card at any one of our 113 Service Centres, four Mobile Service Centres or Disaster Recovery Centres across the State.”

Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said this once again shows the NSW Government is ensuring no one is left behind, especially seniors.

“This builds upon our earlier commitment to pick up the Federal Government’s Concessional Access Program, which it dropped at the end of last month,” Mr Coure said.

“We are making sure we keep the pressure off as many people as possible by stepping up and filling the gap that really should have not been created in the first place.”

The program will run until the end of October 2022. Eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW include:

  • Pensioner Concession card

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Care card

  • Health Care Card (including Low Income Health Care card)

  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange cards.

For more information visit the NSW Government website or visit any Service NSW Service Centre.

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