COVID-19 Fawkner test site: Frequently Asked Questions

Published Jun 29 2020

Updated: 3 July at 2.00pm 

Following the first weekend of testing in Fawkner, we've rounded up Frequently Asked Questions. These are specific to the COVID-19 Fawkner test sites: drive-through and walk-in, and may not apply at other testing locations. 

The information is correct at the time of publishing but may change. Check back here for the latest updates.

Fawkner residents

Do I get tested if I don't have symptoms? 

It isn't mandatory however we encourage you to get tested, as not everyone shows symptoms. It's free!

I don't have a student ID or driver's license. Can I still get tested?

Yes, at the Fawkner drive-through site. We will not turn anyone away. 

If you can, bring one form of identification, like a your passport or transport concession card. 

The testing clinic does not need to know your visa status.

Door knockers in Fawkner told me I can get tested at home. What is involved in home testing?

There are two options:

  1. If you have symptoms or can't leave your house, door knockers can take down your details and a nurse will visit in the coming days. They can test children of all ages.
  2. If you're not home when door knockers come, two self-testing kits will be left at your front door, somewhere visible and safe. Instructions on what to do and how to have it picked up is included with the kit. This kit can only be used by people aged 16+

Can my child get tested at home in Fawkner?

Yes, the nurse visiting your home will be able to test children of all ages. A nurse will only visit if you shared your details with the door knockers.

If you missed the door knockers, you will need to get your child tested at a hospital testing clinic, the drive-through test site in Fawkner (anyone 5+ years) or at a mobile testing clinic in Fawkner. 

Click here for a list of hospital testing clinic locations.

Can I go to another drive-through clinic, outside Fawkner?

Yes, but you can only get tested at other drive-through locations if you have symptoms. 

If you live in a hot spot suburb and are going for the test at another drive-through location, check with them first as to their criteria for testing, as it may be different. 

I missed the door knockers and haven't received an at-home testing kit. Can I register for the kit?

No. If you missed the door knockers and haven't had a kit left at your house, you will need to look at other testing options

Is there somewhere I can call to request for a nurse to visit me at home?

No. You will need to wait for the door knockers to visit. If you've missed them and didn't have a self-test kit left at your door, you will need to consider other test options or speak to your GP. 

I live in a suburb that is in lockdown. Can I still leave my house to get tested?

Yes, but as a first option, look for a local test site.

If you have symptoms, do not attend a mobile site, even if it's in your suburb. This is to keep everyone safe.

If you have symptoms, options include:
- the Fawkner drive-through test site
- other locations listed here

I took the test but my results are taking a while to come back. Is it normal?

Yes, it varies for everyone. If you have concerns, you can call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.  


Everyone

Can I get tested at the drive-through in Fawkner?

Yes, everyone is welcome.

I don’t have symptoms and I don’t drive. Where can I get tested?

Information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website here under the heading 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing sites'. Before visiting, check whether you can get tested if you have no  symptoms. 

Where are the mobile test sites in Fawkner?

Check mobile site locations here. These change daily so check in before heading there – our Facebook page has the most updated information. 

Can I get tested at the mobile test sites in Fawkner?

Yes but only if you don't have symptoms. Do not go to a mobile site if you have symptoms.

If you have symptoms, only use the drive-through test site or get tested via one of the other options available, listed here. 

Can my child get tested at the mobile testing in Fawkner?

Yes, children of all ages can be tested at the mobile testing sites.

How long will mobile test sites be available in Fawkner?

Mobile testing sites will be at different locations across Fawkner based on availability and demand. Check mobile site locations here.

Is saliva testing available at the drive-through in Fawkner?

No, only nose and throat swabs.

Is saliva testing available at the mobile sites in Fawkner?

No, only nose and throat swabs.

Is saliva testing available when tested at home?

No, only nose and throat swabs.

Where can children under five get tested?

Children under 5 years of age can be tested for coronavirus at:

Can my child get tested at the drive-through in Fawkner?

Yes, the drive-through can test children aged 5-12 with symptoms. 

Can my child get tested at a mobile test site in Fawkner?

Yes, mobile test sites in Fawkner can test children of all ages. 

How long will the drive-through clinic in Fawkner be available?

For at least two weeks from Saturday 27 June. The Department of Health and Human Services will review this and it may be extended for another two weeks. Check back for an update.  

How long to I have to wait at the drive-through clinic in Fawkner? 

It changes throughout the day. To check the estimated wait time for any drive-through testing site, go to the heading ‘Testing sites map’ on this page, and hover your mouse over the site you want to visit.

Can I go to another drive-through clinic, outside Fawkner?

Yes, however the criteria for testing may be different at other locations. Check in with them first before attending, especially if you have no symptoms.  

I don't have a student ID or driver's license. Can I still get tested?

Yes, at the Fawkner drive-through site. We will not turn anyone away. 

Bring one form of identification, like your passport or transport concession card. 

The testing clinic does not need to know your visa status.

Why does the drive-through keep opening and closing throughout the day?

This is to make sure we can manage traffic flow and safety for locals. You can either wait or head to a mobile test site instead. 

I've received home testing kits but I've already been tested. Can I hold on to them and use them at a later date?

No, testing kits need to be used as soon as possible.

I've received home testing kits but I've already been tested. Can I give them back?

No.

Is there somewhere I can call to request for a nurse to visit me at home?

No, you will need to consider other test options or speak to your GP. 

My suburb is not in lockdown. Can I still go to a test site located in a lockdown suburb? 

We recommend looking for a test site that isn't located in a suburb in lockdown. This is to keep everyone as safe as possible.  

Find test sites here.

I took the test but my results are taking a while to come back. Is it normal?

Yes, it varies for everyone. If you have concerns, you can call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.