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Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislation

The ACT grants access rights in accordance with federal legislation in terms of definitions of assistance animals and also of disability. also fine people for refusing access. Public access rights are granted to guide and hearing dogs in training and all dogs which are fully trained assistance dogs. Registration of assistance dogs is free.

Domestic Animals Act 2000
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2000-86/default.asp
Part 5 Assistance animals

104 Rights of persons accompanied by assistance animals
(1) Despite any other territory law (other than the Discrimination
Act 1991), a person with a disability accompanied by an assistance
animal has the same right of access to, and the same right to the use of, a public place as a person who is not accompanied by an
assistance animal.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a person with a disability does not commit an offence merely by taking an assistance animal onto or into, or allowing the animal to enter, a public place.

105 Exclusion of assistance animal from public place
(1) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, deny a person with a disability accompanied by an assistance animal access to, or the use of, a public place.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(2) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, exclude or remove from a public place—
(a) a person with a disability accompanied by an assistance
animal; or
(b) an assistance animal that is with a person with a disability.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.

106 Imposition of excess charges for assistance animal
(1) A person must not impose a charge of the following kind on a
person with a disability accompanied by an assistance animal, unless the charge would be imposed on a person who is not
accompanied by an assistance animal:
(a) accommodation, goods or services provided or supplied to or
for the person with a disability;
(b) access to, or the use of, a public place by the person with a
disability.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(2) A person does not contravene subsection (1) by imposing a charge
for the following on a person with a disability accompanied by an
assistance animal if the charge was reasonable in the circumstances:
(a) accommodation, goods or services provided or supplied for the
assistance animal;
(b) expenses reasonably incurred by the first person because of the
presence of the assistance animal.
(3) If a person with a disability has paid a charge imposed in
contravention of subsection (1), the person may recover from the
person to whom it was paid the amount by which that charge is
more than the charge that could have been imposed without
contravening the subsection.

Discrimination Act 1991
DISCRIMINATION ACT 1991 - SECT 9
Disability—guide-dogs etc
(1) For this Act, a person discriminates against another person on the ground of disability if the discriminator treats the other person unfavourably because that person possesses or is accompanied by a guide-dog, a hearing dog, assistance animal or some other aid associated with the disability, whether or not it is the discriminator's practice to treat unfavourably people who possess or are accompanied by dogs, assistance animals or other things.
(2) This section does not limit the operation of section 8 in relation to discrimination on the ground of disability.
(3) This Act does not affect the liability of a person who is blind or deaf or has any other disability for any injury, loss or damage caused by a guide-dog, hearing dog, assistance animal or other aid.
(4) In this section:
"assistance animal" means an animal trained to assist a person to alleviate the effect of the person's disability.
"blind" includes partially blind.
"deaf" includes partially deaf.
"guide-dog" means a dog that has been trained in the guidance of the blind and is, or is to be, used for the guidance of a blind person.
"hearing dog" means a dog that has been trained in the assistance of the deaf and is, or is to be, used for the assistance of a deaf person.