Cervical screening

The Pap test has changed

On 1 December 2017, the Pap test in Australia was replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test.

Your first Cervical Screening Test is due 2 years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every 5 years if your results are normal.

Book your Cervical Screening Test

If you are aged between 25 and 74, have a cervix and have been sexually active, you need a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years. This includes those who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The test can be carried out by your GP, or a nurse or doctor at a community women’s health centre, family planning and sexual health clinic or Aboriginal Medical Service.

We understand the test can be an invasive experience, so if you feel more comfortable seeing a woman healthcare provider, ask about this when booking your appointment. Please note that there are some eligibility requirements at some of these services such as the Women's Health Service. Find out more here.

The following locations also give Cervical Screening Tests:

If English is not your first language and you need help, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.

National Cancer Screening Register

The National Cancer Screening Register confidentially stores your cervical screening test results. You can choose whether you would like to have your results stored on the register or not.

You will receive an invitation from the register when you are due for your Cervical Screening Test and will also be reminded when your test is overdue.

For more information, please visit the National Cancer Screening Register or call 1800 627 701.

For more information on the Cervical Screening Program, please visit the National Cervical Screening Program. You can also contact them on 1800 627 701.

If you need Cervical Screening resources, please order them through the National Cervical Screening Program website.

Page last updated on: 26 Jul 2023