Understanding the Companion Card and Eligibility

In Victoria, the Companion Card plays a crucial role in enhancing accessibility and inclusivity for individuals with significant and permanent disabilities. This card allows these individuals to participate in community events with the necessary support of a carer or support worker, who gains free entry to participating venues and events. Here’s a closer look at what the Companion Card entails and how you can determine your eligibility:

What is the Companion Card?

The Companion Card is a government initiative designed to support people with disabilities who require support to attend community activities. It ensures that these individuals can enjoy events and venues with the necessary support, enhancing their social inclusion and quality of life.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Companion Card in Victoria, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: You must be a resident of Victoria.
  • Nationality: You must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia.
  • Disability: You must have a significant, permanent disability that meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Support Requirement: Due to the impact of your disability, you must require high-level support from a carer to participate in community activities.
  • Lifetime Need: You must demonstrate that you will need high-level support from a carer when attending venues and events for the rest of your life.

The Companion Card aims to remove barriers and ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to fully participate in social and cultural activities across Victoria.

For more details on eligibility and how to apply for the Companion Card, visit Companion Card Victoria.

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