As COVID cases climb, Australian governments have started adopting new ways to keep track of positive cases to help relieve the pressure on enormous PCR waiting times.
As a result, at-home rapid antigen tests are fast becoming the norm.
NSW is the latest to bring in a process for registering a positive result from an at-home test, but the rules and regulations are different across the country (just to make things extra confusing).
Here's how to use an at-home kit (note: you can also swab your mouth with the nose swab tests). Post continues after video.
In an effort to make things super simple, here's your guide to registering a positive rapid antigen test where you live, so you can get back to recovering.
New South Wales.
Self-reporting positive COVID rapid antigen tests became mandatory in NSW from Wednesday January 12, however there is a week's grace period that will expire on January 19.
The NSW government would also like those who tested positive from January 1 onwards to register their test, although it's not mandatory.
You do not need to register a negative or invalid test or if you've had a positive PCR test in the 28 days before your positive rapid antigen test.
How? In your Service NSW app scroll down until you see "COVID-19 resources." Within that tab there is an option to "register a positive test result" which takes you to the NSW government website.
You can lodge a result for yourself, or on behalf of another adult or a child under 15.
You will be asked to determine if you are a "low risk" or "high risk" patient, and if you pick the latter, you will be contacted by NSW Health within 48 hours.