Apply for a Companion Card

A Companion Card is for people with significant and permanent disability. When a cardholder buys a ticket at participating venues and activities in South Australia, their companion or carer will be given free entry.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Companion Card if:

  • you live in South Australia or you reside here under a valid visa
  • you have a lifelong severe or profound disability
  • due to your disability you are unable to participate at most venues and activities without significant attendant assistance care with mobility, communication, self-care and planning.

Attendant care includes significant assistance with activities where the use of aids, equipment or alternative strategies do not enable you to carry out these activities independently. It does not include your companion providing only social company or reassurance.

The Companion Card is not issued to every person who has a disability. The list of indicators below provides guidance about the eligibility of different disabilities.

Medical indicators for Companion Card eligibility

Examples of accepted indicators

  • Severe Autism – as defined by a CARS >37 or DSM V level 3Assessment
  • Autism in combination with intellectual disability.
  • Moderate to severe intellectual disability – as defined by a psychological assessment FSIQ <50
  • Down Syndrome
  • Significant and severe conditions that cannot be controlled by medication or other treatment/intervention
  • Uncontrolled epilepsy with frequent seizures (eg. More than weekly)
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Spinal Injuries – high level assistance
  • Progressive neurological conditions – where the level of impairment/dysfunction is significant and advanced
  • Cognitive issues where impairment is significant (eg advanced dementia/ severe ABI)
  • Major organ failure where treatment / transplant surgery is not possible
  • Combination of conditions in applicants who are 90+ years old
  • Legally blind, where visual acuity scores are less than 6/60 with corrected vision
  • Motor neurone disease  
    Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s Disease – with mobility problems

Examples of indicators that are not accepted when independent of other conditions

  • Conditions which fluctuate in the level of dysfunction
  • Mild (FSIQ 55 – 70) intellectual disability alone
  • Conditions that could be considered ‘episodic’ where the need for attendant care is just ‘in case’ (controlled epilepsy/cardiac arrest risk)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder/ Asperger’s
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Psychiatric conditions that are likely to respond to treatment
  • Minor orthopaedic conditions (osteoarthritis/ joint replacements)
  • Conditions that have the potential to or are likely to improve with time or treatment (eg surgery, rehabilitation, recovery, training or medication management)
  • Conditions where the incapacity is temporary
  • Communication problems where aids or assistive technology can be used
  • People requiring assistance due to accessibility limitations of a particular venue  
    Obesity

How to apply

To apply for a Companion Card:

  • complete the application form (2.3 MB PDF)
  • provide two colour passport sized photos
  • provide supporting evidence such as:
    • contact details of support services eg day programs and respite services
    • current reports from health professionals eg doctor, psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker.
  • post the completed application to:

SA Companion Card
Reply Paid 292
Adelaide SA 5001.

Other ways to obtain an application form


Contact

SA Companion Card

Phone: 1800 667 110

Email: DHSCompanionCard@sa.gov.au


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Page last updated 26 October 2022

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Department of Human Services
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Last Updated:
26/10/22
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