Western Australia

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

Who is Companion Card for?

The Companion Card is for people with a significant and permanent disability, who require attendant care support in order to participate at community venues and activities are always going to need a high level of care to get to community based 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.

 

What is Companion Card?

The Western Australian Companion card is an initiative funded by the Western Australian Government through the Disability Services Commission and administered by National Disability Services WA. Companion Cards are issued free of charge to eligible people.

The Companion Card program currently operates in every state across Australia, so the card can be used when on holiday in other states. The Companion Card program has been running in Western Australia since April 2006. The program aims to:

  • promote the existing right of people with a disability to fair ticketing;
  • assist businesses and organisations to comply with existing legislation; and
  • provide a simple and consistent method of identifying people who legitimately require attendant care support to participate at venues and activities.

It is important to understand that the Companion Card is a tool that facilitates existing rights and legislation; it is not a new responsibility, discount scheme, concession or benefit.

Our Stories

  • Patricia Thomson
    For Patricia Thomson, being 90 is to have a willing mind but a somewhat reluctant body.
    "I forget that I’m 90 and of course I can’t do as much as I used to," she says. "My mind is always racing away thinking of where I’d like to go, but even just going out to check the mail takes half the morning!".

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  • Melissa Northcott
    Count Me In Ambassador Melissa Northcott joined the program in 2010 is enjoying the full benefits of the card.

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  • Kath Winter
    A calendar pinned on Kath Winter’s fridge bears testament to her busy social life: neatly listed are all the concerts, festivals, gigs, musicals and films she’ll be attending in the next few months.

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  • Jeremy Barrett-Lennard
    Music enthusiast Jeremy Barrett-Lennard has enjoyed live entertainment from some of his favourite artists and bands over the years, including ACDC, Rufus, Florence and the Machine and The Waifs.

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  • Peter Darch
    As WA’s very first Companion Cardholder, Peter Darch has racked up an entire decade’s worth of memorable experiences which wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.

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