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Eligibility for a Companion Card

A Companion Card is not automatically issued to you if you have a disability. You will be assessed for your eligibility.

To be eligible, all the following must apply:

  • you must be an Australian citizen or resident
  • you must live in the Northern Territory (NT)
  • you must have a permanent disability
  • you must be unable to go to most community venues or activities without attendant care support
  • you must need, or are likely to need, lifelong attendant care support.

Support from your companion

You may be eligible for the card if you need significant help with any of the following, but not limited to:

  • mobility
  • communication
  • decision-making.

If your condition is episodic

You may be eligible if your condition is episodic, for example multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or schizophrenia.

You will need to provide information in your application or supporting evidence about the frequency and why you need attendant care support to access the community.

Please note

There is no income or assets tests applied to applications for a Companion Card and people may apply irrespective of their employment status or nationality.

If you are unsure and would like to discuss your eligibility for a Companion Card please call 08 8948 5400.