Skip links and keyboard navigation

National Cervical Screening Program

On 1 December 2017 a new 5 yearly Cervical Screening Test was introduced to replace the 2 yearly Pap test.

The new cervical screening test detects human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause changes in the cells of the cervix. Evidence suggests that screening for HPV every 5 years is more effective, and just as safe as screening with a Pap test every 2 years. The new cervical screening test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.

Women will be invited to start cervical screening from the age of 25 and continue screening until they are 74. Women with a normal screening history should have their first screening 2 years after their last Pap test.

For further information on the new cervical screening program and what it means for healthcare providers, including online training and resources, visit the National Cervical Screening Program’s website.

Last updated: 4 December 2017