Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

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

    Companion Card decision to help carers of people with disabilities

    9/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    People who use Western Australia’s Companion Card, which allows carers of people with disabilities to enter venues free of charge, will now be able to use the card for free.

     

    Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale said the Carpenter Government had scrapped the card’s $30 charge as part of the 2008-09 State Budget.

     

    “The Companion Card is very important to the carers of people with disabilities and I am pleased to announce it is now free of charge,” Ms McHale said.

     

    “Although the fee to sign up for a card was only $30 for three years, or the equivalent of 20c per week, this is a small way in which the more vulnerable in our community can feel they’re experiencing WA’s strong economic conditions.

     

    “I am also pleased to say that anyone who has paid for a Companion Card since the program started in 2006 will get a full refund on that charge.”

     

    The Minister said making the card free would help progress plans for a nationally consistent scheme.

     

    “WA was the second State in the nation to introduce the Companion Card program and it has been extremely popular,” she said.

     

    “We now have more than 3,000 people signed up to the scheme, who receive free entry at more than 250 participating businesses including Skywest, Subiaco Oval, Burswood Entertainment Complex and Transperth.”

     

    Ms McHale 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.

     

    The Companion Card is administered by National Disability Services (WA) and  can be applied for by calling 1800 617 337 or visiting http://www.companioncard.org.au

     

    Minister's office  - 9213 6900