After your COVID-19 test

You must follow any advice given to you in a Direction or by Public Health. If you do not, you can be charged and fined.

Requirements following your COVID-19 test will depend on your specific situation.

If you are required to isolate after your test, you must go directly home and stay in isolation for the required period.

While in isolation, you cannot have visitors to your home, go to the shops, or go for a walk outside your premises.


You will receive your result via SMS within 72 hours, but most people receive their result within 24 to 48 hours.You may be worried while you are waiting for your result. To read about ways to take care of your mental health and wellbeing visit Think Mental Health (external site).

If you do not receive your result after 48 hours and you had your test at a WA Department of Health COVID clinic or a regional hospital, you can:

  • Check your My Health Record (external site) for your test result
  • Call the Results Hotline on 1800 313 223, from 8am to 4pm, 7 days per week. If you were referred for a test by your GP or were tested by a private pathology provider, contact them directly:
  •  Western Diagnostics Pathology: (08) 9317 0999
  • Clinipath: (08) 9371 4200
  • Australian Clinical Labs: 1300 367 674
  • Xytogen: 6383 8111
  • Safeworks: 1300 905 180
Last reviewed: 27-04-2022