The Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 came into effect on 1 July 2009.
The new legislation ensures that every person who relies on a guide, hearing or assistance dog has the same access rights as others to public places and public passenger vehicles. This includes cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, sports venues, taxis and buses.
From 1 September 2009, significant penalties will apply to individuals and corporations for breaches of the Act.
Includes information for assistance dog owners on getting the special government ID, and for trainers on becoming an approved trainer and the process for certifying trained dogs.