Assistance dogs explained
Some NDIS participants use assistance animals (most commonly dog guides) as a disability support.
Before funding an assistance animal, the NDIA will consider whether an assistance animal is a reasonable and necessary support that will meet your needs and help you pursue your goals.
To consider if an assistance animal is a reasonable and necessary support, the NDIA requires evidence in writing with input from all of the following:
- a registered assistance animal provider
- allied health professional(s)
- the participant.
Generally, the NDIA will only fund an assistance animal which has passed, or will pass, your state or territory’s Public Access Test. This ensures that the animal is suitable to accompany and support you as you participate in the community. Read more on the NDIS website.
About guide, hearing and assistance dogs legislation
Assistance animals and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)
For legality and resources on Guide, hearing and assistance dogs see Queensland Governments website
A couple facebook groups to check out are:
Assistance Dogs and the NDIS
A peer support group for sharing information about Assistance Animals under the NDIS in Australia. Please read the group guidelines and answer the required questions when requesting to join the group.
Assistance Dog Chat Australia
A like minded discussion forum for people with Assistance Dogs to chat and discuss training etc