People with a permanent and severe disability can apply for a card that enables a carer to accompany them when they use public transport. There are two different types of companion card - one only covers free travel on public transport for a companion, while the other also provides free companion access to selected venues and events.
Companion Card - When a cardholder buys a ticket for themselves at selected venues and facilities around South Australia, it permits their companion free entry to the same event. This includes travel on public transport in metropolitan Adelaide.
The Plus One FREE COMPANION card - assists people who have severe and permanent impairments which limit their ability to use public transport independently. It allows them to be accompanied by a carer who travels free of charge on all Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram services.
Before you apply
You may need help from a general practitioner, medical specialist or mobility instructor to complete the application.
You will need one passport-sized colour photograph (head and shoulders), which must be certified by a responsible person who:
- is 18 years of age
- has known the applicant for at least 12 months
- is not related to the applicant by birth or marriage
- is not in a de facto relationship with the applicant (this includes a same sex relationship)
- does not live at the applicant's address.
A personal alert system is a device that enables people to call for help in an emergency if they are unable to access or use a telephone.
ConcessionsSA offers assistance to eligible applicants for the purchasing and monitoring of the system. Rebates are paid directly to your supplier. If the total charges are more than the rebate amount, you are responsible for paying the difference directly to your supplier.
Purchasing an alert system - ConcessionsSA will pay the approved supplier up to $380 towards the purchase and installation of an approved alert system. The alert system must be installed at the applicant’s residential address and only one alert system is available per household.
Monitoring - ConcessionsSA will pay up to $200 per annum (as of 1st October 2019).
The website includes detailed eligibility criteria including Clinical, Functional and Social criteria as well as a list of approved suppliers and advice about choosing the right system for you.
People NOT eligible for the rebate
- Veterans or veterans' widows or widowers who are eligible under the DVA Rehabilitation Appliances Program
- People who live independently in a retirement village where a personal alert system or similar service is included in the residence contract
- People who live in supported accommodation, such as a supported residential facility or residential aged care facility.
People who live in a residential or caravan park may be eligible to receive a single combined concession to help with their energy, water and sewerage bills. They may also be eligible to receive the [Cost of Living Concession](https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/financial-support/concessions/cost-of-living-concessions).
No Emergency Services Levy (fixed property) concession is payable, as this levy is not normally charged to residents of residential parks.
To be eligible you must:
- Occupy the property as your principal place of residence.
- hold an eligible concession card or receive an eligible Centrelink Payment.
To apply follow the link provided to the online application form or download a paper copy.
If you are unsure of your eligiblity please refer to the attached concessions finder or contact Concessions SA direct.
If you have previously applied for concessions but are not currently receiving them, please contact Concessions SA to discuss.
People who have recently experienced the death of a friend or family member and who cannot raise the funds for a funeral, after all options have been tried, may be eligible to receive a dignified funeral through Funeral AssistanceSA.
To be eligible, you must prove all of the following:
- The deceased was a South Australian resident.
- The deceased was in receipt of a pension or benefit or was a low income recipient.
- The deceased's estate and death benefits are estimated to be valued at less than $3,000 when liquidated (including property and shares).
- The deceased's immediate relatives are not in paid employment or are low income recipients.
- The deceased's immediate relatives have insufficient assets to cover the costs of funeral expenses (less than $3,000 of accessible funds).
The funeral must not yet have been arranged or, where a grant is sought after the event, the account must be moderate and not yet fully paid.
The funeral provided is normally a cremation service, except in certain cultural circumstances. If the requirements are for a burial, families may elect to pay the difference between a cremation and a burial.
The income, assets and liabilities of the deceased and their immediate relatives are taken into account when assessing eligibility for assistance through this program.
For further information call 1300 762 577 or visit the website
A Transport Concession Card entitles the holder to concession travel on Adelaide Metro bus, train, tram services.
People with a centrelink health care card and receiving newstart allowance, youth allowance community development employment project (CDEP), new enterprise incentive scheme (NEIS), partner allowance, parenting payment, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance and farm household allowance are eligible.
For more information call 1800 667 110.