COVID - information and free RATs from Council

Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) available from Council 

Free RATs are now available from the following Council locations:

- Council's Customer Service Centre -  2-6 Rae Street, Colac

- The Colac Visitor Information Centre - corner Murray and Queen Street, Colac

- The Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre - 100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

- Colac Library - 173 Queen Street, Colac

- Apollo Bay Library - 6 Pengilley Avenue, Apollo Bay

You can receive up to 2 packs of RATs per person, and up to 2 packs per household member. You are not required to have a Medicare card. You can collect as RATs as many times as you need. 

People with a disability and their carers can get 4 packs of 5 free rapid antigen tests per person. 

If you test positive, follow the checklist for cases and report your positive test result for support. Reporting a positive RAT result lets you access COVID medication if eligible. 

You do not need to be a resident of Colac Otway Shire to collect the free RATs.

Download the Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet here (PDF, 78KB)



COVID Update

Due to COVID-19 impacting staff, some Council services and operations may be affected, however we’re still here to help.

To minimise inconvenience to the community, please contact us for up to date information. Stay informed by checking our website or social media pages, email or give us a call on 5232 9400.

OPASS clients are encouraged to contact Council on 5232 9420 to advise if you are self-isolating.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in your dealings with staff who continue to attend to your queries and requests during this challenging time.

We encourage the community to monitor Colac Otway Shire updates by visiting Council's Facebook page, and the Victorian Government website at COVID19 restriction updates and further information. Translated material is available at 

Visit the Bluewater and COPACC websites to stay up-to-date with operational information:

Stay safe Colac Otway - we're all in this together.


COVID-19 Checklists

Find out what to do if you have COVID-19, what to do if you're a close contact and how to prepare for COVID-19 as a family and as an individual household:

Food Support

For information on accessing food relief, essential supplies and support to isolate download this information sheet(PDF, 741KB).