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Guide Dogs and the Law

Below are some excerpts from Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

Click here to read the full Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995.

81—Disability dogs, guide dogs etc

(1) Despite this Act or any other Act—

(a) a person who is wholly or partially blind or deaf, or otherwise disabled, is entitled to be accompanied by an accredited disability dog, guide dog or hearing dog in a public place or public passenger vehicle; and
(b) the occupier or person in charge of a public place or public passenger vehicle must not refuse access to the place or vehicle to a person who is wholly or partially blind or deaf, or otherwise disabled, on the ground that the person is accompanied by a disability dog, guide dog or hearing dog.

Maximum penalty: $250.

(2) A person must not claim that a dog is a disability dog, guide dog or hearing dog unless the dog is accredited as such by the Board under section 21A.
Maximum penalty: $250.

21A—Accreditation of disability dogs, guide dogs etc

(1) The Board may, on application, accredit a dog, or renew the accreditation of a dog, as—

(a) a disability dog; or
(b) a guide dog; or
(c) a hearing dog.

(2) An application for accreditation must—

(a) be made to the Board in the manner and form approved by the Board; and
(b) be accompanied by the fee fixed by the Board.

(3) An applicant must provide the Board with any information required by the Board for the purpose of determining the application.

(4) Accreditation of a dog remains in force for the life of the dog unless it is earlier revoked by the Board or surrendered by the owner of the dog.

(5) The Board must maintain a register of dogs accredited under this section by the Board (which may be kept in the form of a computer record) that is to be readily available for public inspection without fee.

(6) The Board may only revoke the accreditation of a dog if the Board is satisfied that—

(a) the dog's ill-health, injury or advanced age prevents the dog from carrying out its functions as a disability dog, guide dog or hearing dog (as the case may be); or
(b) the dog is temperamentally unsuitable to continue to be accredited as a disability dog, guide dog or hearing dog (as the case may be); or
(c) the owner of the dog is unable to maintain effective control of the dog (whether by command or by means of physical restraint).

Guide dog means a dog trained and used, or undergoing training to be used, for the purpose of guiding a person who is wholly or partially blind;

Hearing dog means a dog trained and used, or undergoing training to be used, for the purpose of assisting a person who is wholly or partially hearing disabled;