Public Access and Identifying a Hearing Assistance Dog

All accredited Hearing Assistance Dogs have public access rights. What does that mean? It means that they have the same access as Guide Dogs for the Blind; there are only a small handful of places that can deny access to a Hearing Assistance Dog.

A Hearing Assistance Dog will be accredited when they have been assessed and passed a full Public Access Test; a test that is completed by a qualified Assessor of Australian Lions Hearing Dogs. Each Hearing Assistance Dog owner/handler will also be supplied with an official ID card, including a photo of the accredited dog.

Questions regarding accreditation or access can be directed to our Program Director, Darren Coldwell at programdirector@lionshearingdogs.com.au or 0417 859 668.

Access Rights and Advocacy Contacts

Australian Human Rights Commission
www.humanrights.gov.au/about/contact-us
(02) 9284 9600

Attorney General’s Department
www.ag.gov.au/About/Pages/Contactus.aspx
(02) 6141 6666

NEW SOUTH WALES – New South Wales Public Service Commission
www.psc.nsw.gov.au/contact-us
(02) 9272 6000

Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission
www.hrc.act.gov.au/contact-us
(02) 6205 2222

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
https://www.qhrc.qld.gov.au/contactus
1300 130 670

Northern Territory Anti Discrimination Commission
https://adc.nt.gov.au/contacts.html
1800 813 846

Equal Opportunity Tasmania
www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/contact_us
1300 305 062

Victorian Equal Opportunities & Human Rights Commission
www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/home/about-us/contact-us
1300 292 153

South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission
www.eoc.sa.gov.au/contact
(08) 8207 1977

Western Australia Equal Opportunities Commission
http://www.eoc.wa.gov.au/contact-us
(08) 9216 3900