Assistance Animals in ACT Independent Schools

Edited on October 11, 2018

Some Australians with disability currently use Assistance Animals as a disability support. For example, Assistance Animals have assisted people with severe vision impairment to successfully navigate through their communities for decades.

More recently, Assistance Animals have been used by people to manage a range of other types of need, including social and emotional support, diabetes and epilepsy (more examples are provided in section 4).

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has seen an increase in the use of Assistance Animals. Participants of the NDIS are now able to have the training of an Assistance Animal included in their plan if it is deemed necessary and reasonable.

The National Disability Insurance Agency defines an Assistance Animal as an animal which is part of a goal oriented, planned and structured therapeutic intervention. (National Disability Insurance Agency , 2017).

These guidelines have been developed by the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT to support Member Schools to develop policies which may be used when requests by families and students to use Assistance Animals are made.