Applications temporarily closed
Due to overwhelming demand, we have temporarily closed the application process for this program. We are working hard to reopen the process and provide the best service we can to those who could benefit from one of our extraordinary dogs.
This page will be updated when applications reopen for this program.
People with physical disabilities program
For over 20 years, we have been training and placing very special dogs with Australians with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and those injured in serious accidents. The benefits are immediate and impactful — reducing stress and isolation for individuals and
Additionally, recipients of dogs are more likely to venture out of the house with their buddy, increasing their physical activity and often reducing reliance on medication. And the bigger picture? Physical Disability dogs lower taxpayer costs to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and help people with disabilities participate more actively in their community, stimulating the economy and helping to educate the public about their very special companion.
For people with physical disabilities, dogs are trained to do tasks including, but not limited to:
- Retrieving dropped items
- Opening and closing doors, wardrobes and drawers
- Opening and retrieving items from the fridge
- Pulling washing out of the machine (front loaders only)
- Removing items of clothing such as socks and jumpers
- Retrieving the phone
- Alert bark if their owner fall out of their wheelchair or is in danger
- Press the buttons at the traffic lights and lifts
- Accompany their owner on public transport
- Brace when need to support their owner if they become unstable in their chair
- Emergency bark
- Deliver and retrieve items at the shop counter
- Help carry or pick up shopping items
A Physical Disability Service Dog has full public access rights meaning they are allowed in any public place* and on all public transport. It is illegal to refuse entry to a Service Dog*.
*The only exceptions are zoos, aquariums, sterile environments, food preparation areas and quarantine areas.
People who receive a Physical Disability Service Dog are provided with a photographic
How can I apply for a Physical Disability Service Dog?*
*Please note that