VIEW SUMMARY
The legislation that is being viewed is valid for 13 Jun 2008.

Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967  (No. 42 of 1967)
Requested: 1 Jul 2016
Consolidated:13 Jun 2008


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CONTENTS
Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967
1. Short title
2. Interpretation
3. Rights of guide dog users and trainers in respect of public places and transport
4. Regulations
5. Transitional provision

Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967

An Act to confer the right to enter public places and means of public transport on persons who use or train guide dogs and for related purposes

[Royal Assent 24 November 1967]

Be it enacted by His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly, in Parliament assembled, as follows:

1. Short title

This Act may be cited as the Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967.

2. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears –

approved guide dogs institution means an institution for the training of dogs as guides for blind or vision impaired persons that is declared by the Minister, by order, to be an approved guide dogs institution for the purposes of this Act;
approved hearing dogs institution means an institution for the training of dogs to assist deaf or hearing impaired persons that is declared by the Minister, by order, to be an approved hearing dogs institution for the purposes of this Act;
guide dog means –

(a) in the case of a blind or vision impaired person, a dog that has been, or is being, trained by an approved guide dogs institution and is guiding or otherwise accompanying that person; and

(b) in the case of a deaf or hearing impaired person, a dog that has been, or is being, trained by an approved hearing dogs institution and is assisting or otherwise accompanying that person; and

(c) in the case of a trainer, a dog that is –

(i) being trained by an approved guide dogs or hearing dogs institution to guide or assist a blind or vision impaired person or deaf or hearing impaired person; and

(ii) is wearing a distinctive coat or harness, bearing the name of that institution, that identifies it as a guide dog in training;

institution means an institution of this State or of a Territory or another State;
public passenger vehicle means a vehicle, vessel or aircraft that is –

(a) used to carry passengers for hire or reward; or

(b) made available without charge, as a courtesy or service, for use by the clients of a business, the participants in an activity or members of the public;

public place means –

(a) any place that offers accommodation to members of the public; or

(b) any other place to which the public have access, whether on payment of money for admission or otherwise; or

(c) any prescribed place;

trainer means a person who trains or assists in training guide dogs for or on behalf of an approved guide dogs or hearing dogs institution.

3. Rights of guide dog users and trainers in respect of public places and transport

(1) A person who is blind or vision impaired, deaf or hearing impaired or a trainer –

(a) is entitled to be accompanied by a guide dog into any public place or onto any public passenger vehicle; and

(b) does not commit an offence by taking a guide dog into or onto, or permitting a guide dog to remain in or on, a public place or public passenger vehicle.

(2) A person who is in charge of a public place or public passenger vehicle, or the servant or agent of a person in charge of a public place or public passenger vehicle, must not –

(a) refuse to allow a person accompanied by a guide dog into that place or onto that vehicle; or

(b) direct a person accompanied by a guide dog to leave that place or vehicle; or

(c) deny accommodation or service to a person accompanied by a guide dog.

Penalty:

Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), a person may be taken to have refused or denied another person entry, access, accommodation or service by means of an omission as well as by an act.
(4) It is a defence in any proceedings under subsection (2) for the defendant to show –

(a) that he or she had reasonable cause, unrelated to the presence of the guide dog, for the act or omission constituting the alleged offence; or

(b) that –

(i) the person who was refused admission, directed to leave or denied accommodation or service was unable, on request made by or on behalf of the defendant before the time of refusal, direction or denial, to produce an identity card for inspection; and

(ii) it was reasonable in the circumstances for that request to be made.

(5) An identity card is a card that –

(a) an approved guide dogs or hearing dogs institution issues to –

(i) a person who is a trainer for or on behalf of the institution; or

(ii) a person who has been assigned a guide dog trained, or being trained, by the institution; and

(b) is in a form determined by the institution; and

(c) bears the name of the institution, and the name and address of the cardholder.

(6) A person must, as soon as practicable after ceasing to be a trainer or a person to whom a guide dog is assigned, return his or her identity card to the institution that issued it.

Penalty:

Fine not exceeding 0.5 penalty units.
(7) In the event of any inconsistency arising between this section and another law of the State, other than the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998, this section prevails over the other law.

4. Regulations

The Governor may make regulations for the purposes of this Act.

5. Transitional provision

An order made by the Minister under section 2 declaring an institution to be an approved institution that is in force immediately before the day on which the Guide Dogs Amendment Act 1988 receives the Royal Assent continues in force on and after that day as if it were an order made by the Minister under that section, amended by the Guide Dogs Amendment Act 1988, declaring that institution to be an approved guide dogs institution.