Guide dog users in NSW are allowed to enter all public places with their harnessed guide dog, including foodservice 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 foodservice businesses please see Guide Dogs NSW/ACT or call on 02 9412 9300.