Under the Disability Discrimination Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of a disability.
If you have a hearing assistance dog, you have the legal right to access to all public areas of the community, public passenger vehicles and places of accommodation with them as your companion.
Fines may apply to people in control of a public place, public passenger vehicle or place of accommodation if they:
If you require an Auslan interpreter, there are some situations where an interpreter should be provided to you without charge. In these situations, the interpreter is paid for by the government or the organisation providing the service or arranging the event. These situations include:
There are situations where an interpreter may not always be present. An example of this may be a conference that is not targeted at people who have a hearing impairment or disability. Another example is private educational colleges.
In some situations it may be difficult or impossible to get an interpreter unless you are able to pay for one. These situations include:
An interpreting agency may provide the interpreter without charge in some of these situations, but this is at their discretion.