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Guide Dogs and the Law

South Australia
Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

 

81—Assistance dogs
(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 assistance 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 an assistance dog.
Maximum penalty: $1 250.
Expiation fee: $210.
(2) A person must not claim that a dog is an assistance dog unless the dog—
(a) is accredited as an assistance dog under section 21A; or
(b) is an assistance animal (within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination
Act 1992 of the Commonwealth.
Maximum penalty: $1 250.
Expiation fee: $210.

45—Transporting unrestrained dogs in vehicles
(4) This section does not apply to the transport of— (a) an accredited assistance dog;

21A—Accreditation of assistance dogs
(1) Subject to this section, a prescribed accreditation body may, on application, accredit a
dog, or renew the accreditation of a dog, as an assistance dog.
(1a) A prescribed accreditation body (other than the Board) may only accredit a dog, or
renew the accreditation of a dog, of a kind approved by the Board in respect of the
prescribed accreditation body.
(2) An application for accreditation must—
(a) be made to a prescribed accreditation body in the manner and form
determined by the prescribed accreditation body; and
(b) be accompanied by the fee fixed by the Board.
(3) An applicant must provide a prescribed accreditation body with any information
required by the prescribed accreditation body for the purpose of determining the
application.
(4) Accreditation of a dog remains in force for the life of the dog unless—
(a) it is revoked by the Board or the prescribed accreditation body that accredited
the dog; or
(b) it is surrendered by the owner of the dog.
(5) The Board must maintain a register of dogs accredited under this section (which may
be kept in the form of a computer record) that is to be readily available for public
inspection without fee.
(6) The accreditation of a dog may only be revoked if the Board or the prescribed
accreditation body that accredited the dog is satisfied that—
(a) the dog's ill-health, injury or advanced age prevents the dog from carrying out
its functions as an assistance dog; or
(b) the dog is temperamentally unsuitable to continue to be accredited as an
assistance dog; 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).
(7) In this section—
prescribed accreditation body—the following are prescribed accreditation bodies:
(a) the Board;
(b) The Royal Society for the Blind of SA Inc;
(c) the Guide Dogs Association of South Australia and Northern Territory Inc;
(d) Lions Hearing Dogs Inc;
(e) any other person or body declared by the regulations to be a prescribed
accreditation body.

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