Guide, hearing and assistance dogs

  • About guide, hearing and assistance dogs legislation

    A guide, hearing or assistance dog is specially trained to perform specific physical tasks and behaviours to assist a person with a disability and reduce their need for support.

  • For handlers

    A handler of a certified guide, hearing or assistance dog means a primary handler or an alternative handler of the dog. The primary handler is a person with a disability who relies on the dog to reduce the person's need for support. The alternative handler is an adult, who supports the primary handler of the dog to physically control the dog.

  • For trainers

    Trainers and employee trainers of training institutions who want to certify guide, hearing or assistance dogs must be approved under the Guide Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009.

  • Resources

    Guide, hearing or assistance dog resources.