The Companion card enables people with disability who require lifelong attendant care support from a companion to participate at most venues and activities to do so without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion.
The program aims to:
- support greater social inclusion for people with a disability and their carers
- provide businesses with a practical way to meet some of their obligations under anti-discrimination legislation
What is it?
The Companion Card is a credit-card sized photo ID card issued to people with a significant disability who require attendant care support from a companion to participate at most venues and activities.
Cardholders present their card when booking or purchasing a ticket from a participating business. Participating businesses will recognise the Companion Card and issue the cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge.
Why has it been developed?
The program was first introduced by the Victorian Government in 2003 in response to concerns from people with a disability that the pricing policies of some entertainment, leisure and recreation venues were discriminatory.
People with a disability, who require attendant care support, are often required to pay two admission fees (one for themselves and another for their companion) when, without the support of the companion, they would not be able to participate at the venue/activity. The Companion Card was developed to remove this barrier to participation.
The ACT Companion Card program is an ACT Government initiative administered by Community Services Directorate (CSD), under a licence agreement with the Victorian Government.
Who is eligible?
An ACT Companion Card is only issued to an applicant who can demonstrate that he or she:
- is a lawful Australian resident living in ACT; and
- has a permanent disability; and
- because of the impact of the disability, is unable to participate at most community venues or activities without attendant care support; and
- needs, or is likely to need, lifelong attendant care support.