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Registering an assistance animal - more information

Examples include a signed statement or documentation from a recognised training body that your dog is being, or has been trained, as an assistance animal and a signed statement from you or the training body that the animal is being used as an assistance animal.

NSW law does not provide for the accreditation of animals trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability.

However, for the purposes of registering an assistance animal, recognised training organisations are those that can show their training program has met the standards established by Assistance Dogs International Inc. (ADI) or equivalent.

Recognised training organisations are listed on the ADI website as Australian-affiliated (“candidate” or “accredited”) programs. The details of these organisations can be found at:

An animal that has been trained or educated by any other organisation, or its owner, is not considered to be an assistance animal for the purposes of registration under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

A genuine assistance animal will be desexed. It will have papers and/or an identification disc indicating that it is an assistance animal and the disability that it is being, or has been trained, to assist.

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