South Australia

Promoting the rights of people with disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at events and venues

Wayne and Tamara story

Wayne is the carer for his wife Tamara. He recently told us how delighted he is with the South Australian Companion Card. Tamara requires a carer to assist her when she is out in the community and the Companion Card program has made it easier for her to attend events.

“We love going to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to see concerts. Tamara loves the female singers and has seen shows by Pink, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry. We also visit the Adelaide Zoo and cinemas. We would use the card on public transport but there is none in the area where we live in Kapunda,” he said.

Being a carer for Tamara involves managing the everyday tasks such as cleaning, driving to specialists, looking after the children and managing medications. But as Tamara has limited mobility, the family need to plan ahead carefully when visiting venues to ensure they have appropriate seating as well as extra leg room space.

Wayne and Tamara are very happy with the Companion Card and find it is readily accepted when they are out in the community.

“We are very happy with it. Most places recognise it and we think you are doing a fantastic job with it. Recently we visited Loxton Historical Village and Burra Mining Village where it was accepted for the Burra Heritage Passport key system which enables visitors to explore and discover sites of historical significance at their leisure.”

“Some venues don’t accept the card, but we understand that and realise affiliates choose to opt in as supporters of the program.”

In the five years they have had the Companion Card, Wayne and Tamara realise they can save money with carer entry to events covered by the card

“We love the convenience and money we save on carer entry and we would like to say, you guys do a fantastic job!”