COVID-19 updates for veterans

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities, with another record wave predicted for August 2022. With health advice changing often, the below is a summary of some of the key changes and updates veterans and families should be aware of.

Free Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) program ending

The Federal Government’s free RATs for Veteran Card holders program ends 31 July 2022. From this date, Veteran Card holders will no longer be able to access free RATS from participating pharmacies. Your local state or territory health department may have more information on how you can access free RATs through locally run programs

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment extended

If you can’t work or have lost income due to a COVID-19 isolation or quarantine, you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment which has been extended to 30 September 2022. More on this payment can be found at the Services Australia website.


To minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19, remember to stay up to date with your vaccinations and get any boosters that are recommended.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, and how to book your booster dose, visit the Department of Health website. For other queries and concerns, please be sure to speak to your GP.

Social distancing and getting tested

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, it is important that you continue to protect yourself by following safety measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing or sanitising your hands often.

If you aren’t feeling well and are showing COVID-19 symptoms, remember to get tested and continue to follow isolation requirements if your test is positive, or if you are a close contact of a positive case. If you are at high risk for severe disease contact your GP as soon as possible to see if you can take anti-viral medications.

For more information about COVID-19 pandemic, how to protect yourself and your family, vaccinations and updates, please visit the Department of Health website or the Coronavirus helpline on 1800 020 080 open 24 hours, 7 days.