Applying for an assistance dog is not something that should be taken lightly and requires a great deal of support and time from you and your future mindDog. Our trainers and assessors will support you especially through your dog's ``trainee`` year, but note that it requires commitment and dedication from you.

Important Notice: Increase in Application Fees

mindDog Australia wishes to inform our community of an increase to our application fees. Effective immediately, the application fee will be $750 for standard applicants and $500 for unemployed individuals or concession holders, the fee for anyone experiencing homelessness remains free. 

This difficult decision was made after careful consideration of the rising ongoing costs and a decrease in donations, likely influenced by the current rising cost of living. We remain committed to providing our life-changing services to those in need and appreciate your understanding and support during this time. The new fee structure will help ensure the continued operation and sustainability of mindDog. 

Breeds Not Accepted

mindDog does not accept dogs which have been declared dangerous by your local council or any of the following breeds or types:

  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Presa Canario
  • American Pit Bull

or any other breed prohibited from import to Australia.

mindDog Policy on the Acceptance of Disabled Dogs

mindDog recognises the importance of maintaining the physical and emotional well-being of our assistance dogs. Therefore, we have decided not to accept disabled dogs into our program. A disabled dog is defined as one that has a physical or mental disability that could compromise its ability to perform assistance dog duties or lead to undue stress in carrying out these responsibilities. 

Important: If your dog’s disability is not disclosed on the application form nor on the veterinary certificate and it is found that the dog has a disability, as defined by our policy, at the first visit your dog will not be accepted into the program and the application fee will not be refunded.

If you require further clarification, please contact

Before you apply, please ensure:
  • Your dog is over 6 months of age and desexed.
  • You have read all the information on what an assistance dog is, how to care for your mindDog, the application process and training.
  • You are prepared for the commitment of training an assistance dog.

To submit your application, please use the form below. Alternatively, you can email your application directly to:




Please allow 3 business days for a reply.