Assistance animals explained

Some NDIS participants use assistance animals (most commonly dog guides) as a disability support. The NDIA commissioned a study into the role of assistance animals for people with disability which can be found on the NDIS publications page.

Before funding an assistance animal, the NDIA will consider whether an assistance animal is a reasonable and necessary support that will meet your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Generally, the NDIA will only fund an assistance animal which has passed, or will pass, your state or territory’s Public Access Test. This ensures that the animal is suitable to accompany and support you as you participate in the community.

For further detail please refer to the Operational Guidelines.

If an assistance animal is included in your NDIS plan, funding may also be provided for necessary training of the animal and its handler, as well the extra maintenance costs of an assistance animal (over those of an equivalent companion animal or pet). 

For further detail please refer to the Operational Guidelines.

Further information and resources

Visit our Providing assistive technology (AT) page for more information about:

  • Completing a dog guide assessment
  • Pricing and payments for AT providers

The NDIA has published additional guidance on assistance animals:

Contact your local NDIS office

Do you have a question, request or urgent issue relating to assistive technology? You can now email your local NDIA office directly. Find your local office.

This page current as of
7 June 2019