About Companion Card
What is it?
- Companion Card is a card issued to people with a permanent disability who require attendant care support which allows a companion to enter free of charge to participating venues and activities.
- The card itself is credit-card size incorporating the same polymer technology used to produce Australian ‘plastic’ bank notes and has a photo identifying the cardholder.
- In South Australia the Companion Card is free and is valid for ten years.
Why has it been developed?
- The concept was first developed by the Victorian Network on Recreation and Disability (VICNORD) in response to continued concern from people with a disability who found the fees of many entertainment, leisure and recreation venues and activities to be prohibitive when having to be accompanied by a companion and also found them to contravene existing legislation.
- To promote the rights of people with a disability to fair ticketing.
- To create a simple and consistent method of identifying people who legitimately require attendant care support to participate at venues and activities.
- To assist commerce and industry and the community to comply with existing legislation.
- Under South Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) , it is unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability who requires the assistance of a companion.