Cervical Screening Program

The pap test has changed. More accurate. Less often.

From 1 December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.

If you’re aged between 25-74, have a cervix and have ever had sex, you need a Cervical Screening Test every five years, even if you have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your results are normal.

If you are due for testing, contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment.

For more information

  • about the new National Cervical Screening Program

phone 13 15 56

visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au/cervical

  • on the National Cancer Screening Register

phone 1800 627 701

visit www.ncsr.gov.au