To provide flexibility in requiring a certificate of disability when an application is made for renewal of a handler’s identity card.
Under the Guide, Hearing or Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (the Act), the application for a handler’s identity card must be accompanied by a certificate of disability for the applicant. This proof of disability must be submitted whenever any application is made. This includes the following circumstances:
On a practical level, these arrangements are unreasonable on those individuals who are affected by permanent disability as they are required to re-submit proof of their disability each and every time they make an application for a handler’s identity card.
Therefore it is proposed to amend the Act to modify the circumstances in which it will be necessary for evidence of a person’s disability to be supplied: