Assistance Dogs How it Works
Identification Cards for Dog & Owner
Upon successful completion of your training, you will be issued with an identification card for you and your dog, and an identification vest for your dog.
Accredited assistance dogs
Service Animals Australia accredits assistance dogs in accordance with the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992.
As stated by the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992 (Part 1, section 9, subsection 2C), an assistance animal is a dog or other animal that is trained (i) to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability; and (ii) to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.
Proof of Accreditation
Furthermore, an assistance animal must be individually trained to do work and perform specific tasks of benefit to a specific individual who has a disability as defined by the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992. It is not unlawful for a person to request the person with the disability to produce evidence that the animal is an assistance animal.