Guide dog users in NSW are allowed to enter all public places with their harnessed guide dog, including food service businesses such as:
If a guide dog is in a harness it means it's working and assisting a blind or visually impaired person to move around safely and independently.
A harnessed guide dog is allowed entry into restaurants under the:
- Companion Animals Act 1998 (NSW), Section 59
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, clause 24(2) of standard 3.2.2.
Further information can be found in sections 9 and 23 of the Disability Discrimination Act.
Refusing a harnessed guide dog entry to a café or restaurant can result in legal action.
For further information about the legal rights of guide dogs and their users to enter food service businesses please see Guide Dogs NSW/ACT or call on 02 9412 9300.