This information applies to South Australia. Please contact your local state or territory if living outside of SA.
Assistance dogs are trained and used for the purpose of assisting a person living with a disability. They enhance the lives of people living with a physical and/or mental disability.
Accredited assistance dogs have access to public places, including, but not limited to:
Note: Assistance dogs do not automatically qualify for in-cabin travel on aircraft and access to areas of public/ biological health risk. For more information about in-cabin travel, contact your airline or the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Assistance dogs are accredited by the following prescribed accreditation bodies:
The Dog and Cat Management Board;
The Royal Society for the Blind of SA Inc
The Guide Dogs Association of SA and NT Inc
Lions Hearing Dogs Inc
Assistance Dogs Australia
Righteous Pups Australia Inc
Guide Dogs WA
Guide Dogs Queensland
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Guide Dogs Victoria
Guide Dogs Tasmania
Assistance dogs accredited by the Dog and Cat Management Board will be issued an ID card with the 'Government of South Australia' piping shrike graphic, a picture of the handler and a picture of the accredited assistance dog.
Other prescribed accreditation bodies issue their own identification.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is a Commonwealth Act that allows public access for assistance animals. Handlers of assistance dogs may be asked to provide evidence the dog meets the requirements under the Act. For more information, contact the Australian Human Rights Commission info line on 1800 620 241.
To apply for assistance dog accreditation by the Dog and Cat Management Board, applicants are required to:
Prior to applying, the dog must be:
The application process requires the applicant to submit:
The Dog and Cat Management Board accreditation process requires the handler and dog to undertake a public access test:
Please download the following documents for more information about how to prepare and apply for Dog and Cat Management Board assistance dog accreditation:
For more information contact the Dog and Cat Management Board on
08 8124 4962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Opportunities Commission
Ph: 08 8207 1977
Access for all: Improving accessibility for consumers with disability (2016)
Human Rights Commission
Ph: 1800 620 241
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Ph: 131 757