Safework Laboratories offers COVID-19 PCR testing with results in 24-48 hours to help keep our community safe.

You can make an appointment at one of our convenient locations. Just make sure you bring your Medicare card with you.

NOTE: Medicare does not cover COVID-19 PCR tests for international travel. For more details on Safework Laboratories’ COVID-19 PCR tests for travel, click here.

How to book COVID-19 PCR test in Sydney

Step 1

Schedule your test date and time.

Go to to book an appointment at the Sydney collection centre nearest you. Choose the Medicare option.

Call Safework Laboratories on 1300 905 180

Step 2

Attend your chosen location at the correct date and time.

Do not arrive too early and remember to bring your Medicare card with you. Our experienced personnel will complete the paperwork and perform a nasopharyngeal swab for testing.

Step 3

Receive your results.

Within 24-48 hours of your collection, you will receive an SMS with your test result.

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Who should get a COVID-19 PCR test?

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As of April 2022, NSW Health does not have restrictions on who can be PCR-tested for COVID-19. However, they recommend that you take a PCR test if:

  • You are experiencing any symptoms that suggest a COVID-19 infection, whether for the first time or as a renewed onset. Symptoms are any combination of the following: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhoea.
  • You have had close or casual contact with another person who has a COVID-19 infection (whether you’re displaying symptoms or are asymptomatic).
  • You plan to visit an aged care residence, healthcare facility, or a vulnerable person. (Note: If you’re visiting a facility, please check their specific COVID-19 safety requirements first before taking your test.)
  • You have arrived in NSW from an overseas trip. (Please refer to the NSW Health Guidelines for all international arrivals.)

For the latest information, visit the NSW Health website, What COVID-19 test should I do? | NSW Government.


1. If you are getting tested for COVID-19, you should self-isolate until you obtain a negative PCR test result or unless otherwise advised by NSW Health.

2. Wear a mask when you go to the test collection centre.

Testing Locations in Sydney


G01/4, 10 Bridge Street,
Pymble NSW 2073

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Glebe Walk-in Collection Centre

170 St Johns Road,
Glebe NSW 2037

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Haymarket Walk-in Collection Centre

Level 7 301, Castlereagh Street,
Haymarket NSW 2000

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is a Medicare rebate available for COVID-19 test results for travel?

No, Medicare does not cover COVID-19 PCR tests for international travel. For more details on Safework Laboratories’ COVID-19 PCR tests for travel, click here.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to undergo a PCR test?

No, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to schedule a test.

Do I need to refrain from eating, drinking, or taking medicines before taking the PCR test?

No, you can eat or drink anything. It won’t affect the test.

What if I get a positive result?

SW Labs automatically notifies NSW Health if you have a positive result.

What if I have an ‘indeterminate’ result?

We will re-test your sample. If the subsequent result is still indeterminate, we will contact you for another sample collection.

Why a PCR test? Why not an antigen test?

The government and healthcare industry consider PCR the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 infections. Compared to rapid antigen tests, PCR tests can detect the specific coronavirus RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, soon after infection and well before antibodies or even symptoms appear.

What is a nasopharyngeal swabbing for a PCR test like?

To obtain a nasopharyngeal specimen, the collector will insert a flexible wire shaft swab through your nostril, as the swab needs to touch your nasopharynx. The depth of the insertion is equivalent to the distance from your nostril to your ear.

First, the collector will gently rub and roll the swab. Next, he or she will leave the swab in place for a few seconds to absorb secretions. The whole process lasts only several seconds.

After collecting swab samples, the collector will secure the specimen inside sterile vials containing 2 ml of viral transport media. Your vial will be sent to our COVID-19 testing laboratory to screen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Advantages of Walk-In COVID-19 PCR testing with Safework Laboratories

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  • Compliant with ISO 15189 and CDNA and National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) guidelines
  • Medicare coverage for eligible applicants
  • A convenient online booking system, taking the wait time out of the collection
  • A 1300 905 180 phone number to our customer service team for urgent enquiries
  • Speedy, safe, and accurate PCR testing
  • Results available within 24-48 hours

About Us

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Safework Laboratories (SW Labs) is a national provider of health and safety products and services, including education, drug and alcohol and COVID-19 testing.

SW Labs continues to innovate and provide scientific expertise in PCR testing, to ensure community safety. As a national organisation, we’re capable of performing thousands of tests daily. We want to inspire confidence in the delivery of accurate and fast results to help the community stay safe.

Contact Us

Don’t get caught up in the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Schedule your COVID-19 test with SafeWork Laboratories today!

1300 905 180