13 October 2020

Who does this notice affect?

All operators of cruise vessels under biosecurity control that may carrypassengers accompanied by assistance dogs.

What has changed?

This advice supersedes the notice 100-2018 – Assistance dogs travelling oncruise vessels under biosecurity control.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has amended theapplication process for assistance dogs travelling on international cruisevessels that remain under biosecurity control.

From 12 October 2020, the eligibility of a dog to travel on a domestic cruiseas a bona fide assistance animal will be determined by the operator of thevessel under biosecurity control, using their own criteria and with regard tothe Australian Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The dog’s handler should obtain written evidence of the operator’s agreementto carry to the dog as an assistance animal.

The department continues to recognise the critical, ongoing, and dependentrelationship between eligible assistance dogs and their handlers.

Further information

Information about the process, including eligibility requirements and theupdated application form is available on the department’s website.

If you require further information, please call 1800 900 090 or [email protected]

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