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South Australia State Legislation

South Australia has legislation covering guide, hearing and disability dogs, all of which must be approved and accredited by the dog and cat management board.

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).

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.

Assessment Criteria for Disability Dogs.
Any person wishing to apply for disability dog accreditation must prove to the Dog and Cat Management Board that they cannot carry out functions as an able bodied person without the aid of a dog. For example, the dog picks up dropped items, empties washing machines, gives warning when smoke alarms sound.
• The dog must not be a prescribed breed. (Japanese Tosa, Filo
Braziliero, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, American Pit Bull).
• The dog must be of sound temperament. If this is in doubt, then a
recognised temperament test e.g. National Consultative Committee for Animal Welfare or SAFER, should be undertaken by a person familiar with the test.
• Public Access Test – approximately 4 hours (cost $120.00 per hour, $250 of which is covered by the Board)
• The dog must observe any conditions if so specified by the Dog and Cat Management Board.

Evidence Required
• Person must provide the Board with a letter from both a General
Practitioner and a Specialist who are treating the person, stating both the illness and details of the disability and whether or not a dog would assist with activities of daily living.
• Dog must be assessed for its temperament and capabilities by the
accredited trainer of the Dog and Cat Management Board.