Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Companion Card members reach 3,000 milestone

    17/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Western Australia’s Companion Card program, which allows carers of people with disabilities to enter venues free of charge, has signed up its 3,000th cardholder.


    Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale announced the lucky cardholder was 24-year-old Felicity Lee of Thornlie, who had cerebral palsy and used an electric wheelchair.


    Ms McHale presented Ms Lee with gifts to mark the occasion at the Swan Bells today.


    The Minister said the Companion Card was available through National Disability Services (WA) to people with a significant, permanent disability, who could demonstrate that they were unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support.


    Participating businesses allowed support workers to enter free of charge.


    “WA was the second State in the nation to introduce the Companion Card program, which has been operating here since 2006,” Ms McHale said.


    “We are extremely proud that in two years, we now have 3,000 people using this excellent program.


    “More than 250 businesses and other affiliates throughout WA have also signed up to be part of it.”


    The Minister said affiliates included Skywest, Subiaco Oval, Burswood Entertainment Complex, Transperth, the Art Gallery of WA and hundreds of local businesses across the State.


    The Companion Card is administered by National Disability Services (WA). To apply for a Companion Card  call 1800 617 337 or visit


    Minister's office  - 9213 6900