COVID-19 testing for DETECT Borders

Workers who qualify for asymptomatic testing as part of DETECT Borders (PDF 411KB) can be tested at a Department of Health WA COVID-19 clinic in the metropolitan or regional area.

The aim of the program is to identify any transmission from infected travellers in those most at risk - at the earliest opportunity - and curtail any outbreak as quickly as possible.

Participation in the DETECT Program is voluntary, free and available to those eligible who are over 18 years old. Testing can be carried out as frequently as every seven days and there is no need to isolate after testing.

In all the categories listed below, DETECT Borders does not apply to people who are now under direction for mandatory COVID-19 testing.

Eligible groups include asymptomatic adult workers and contractors at:

Perth Domestic Airport

  • Workers and contractors onsite at Perth domestic airport in areas through which arriving passengers (or their baggage) transit e.g. in the terminal, including:
    • Perth Airport or airline ground staff
    • WA Police
    • Security
    • Federal agencies
    • Any other worker or contractor who has contact with arrivals


  • Any worker or contractor involved in any function of a sea port that involves close contact with vessels arriving from international waters, including on-board workers who have completed a compliant shift and wish to get tested.

Eucla and Kununurra border crossings

  • Any worker or contractor involved in any function at Eucla and Kununurra border crossings that requires close contact with people arriving from interstate.

Taxi and ride-share workers

  • Any worker or contractor who transports people from the Perth domestic airport, or persons to/from a COVID testing facility.

The DETECT Borders program does not require you to isolate after testing.

You can continue going to work and going about your usual activities, as long as it is in keeping with the current advice in Western Australia.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 between testing and when your result is available, you should isolate while awaiting the result and seek medical advice if needed.

Please note: testing as part of this program is not available at GP respiratory clinics or private pathology collection centres.

Last reviewed: 17-09-2021
Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.