Assistance animals

An assistance animal (being a dog or other animal) may be able to help you if you have a disability such as vision or hearing loss, other physical disabilities, or psychosocial disability. Assistance animals are specially trained to alleviate the effects of a person’s disability, are recognised under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and must be given full access to public facilities. The regulatory schemes governing assistance animals is the responsibility of the state and territory governments.

Assistance animals

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Service dogs and assistance dogs can support people with disability, including people with a:

  • vision or hearing impairment
  • physical disability
  • disability that affects your mental health.

A person and a service dog crossing a road

Service dogs and assistance dogs are:

  • specially trained
  • allowed in all public places.

Select your state or territory below to find out more information.