And Gabrielle, who has Down syndrome, stars in the introductory video - she describes getting out and about with the assistance of a Companion Card as 'awesome', and helping her to live her life the way she wants it.
It is unfair and discriminatory for people with significant disability, who cannot manage on their own away from home, to have to pay twice whenever they go somewhere — once for themselves, and once for their companion (their partner, friend, carer or family member).
A person with disability has the same right to participate in the community as a person with no disability. This right is protected under section 4a of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and section 8 of the Commonwealth’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
That’s why the NSW Government started the Companion Card scheme in 2009.
When the Companion Card holder buys a ticket for themselves at selected venues and facilities around NSW, their companion will get free entry.