Legislation

Assistance Dogs in other Australian states:

Alongside your GHAD PAT accreditation via the Queensland government (acknowledged in Qld., NSW & Vic.) you should also have:

  • Victoria – an Assistance Animal Pass is required and issued by Public Transport Victoria permitting assistance animals to travel on public transport.  The pass is valid for 3 years.
  • Western Australia – The Public Transport Authority doesn’t require permits for assistance animals to travel on public transport.  There is local government legislation providing for animals to have an ID card and a dog coat/harness.
  • Queensland – A Handler’s Identity Card is valid for 5 years allowing travel on public transport.  Also, Translink (South East Queensland Transport Authority) issues an Animal Pass provided the dog meets certain standards of behaviour in public.
  • South Australia – The Dog and Cat Management Board issues a Disability Dog Pass that is valid indefinitely. 
  • New South Wales – An Assistance Animal Permit is required for access to public transport, however Guide dogs and Hearing dogs do not require a permit.  The permit must be renewed annually. 
  • Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania – no system of accreditation exists and no specific passes issued.

Source: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/projects/assistance-animals-and-disability-discrimination-act-1992-cth

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your Assistance Dog, you may wish to take it further. Here is a suggested link: disability discrimination legal service