- Policy Scope
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Removal of animals from campus
- Revision made to this Policy
- Further Assistance
- Glossary of Terms/Definitions
This policy has been developed in alignment with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). It seeks to clarify what animals can be brought on campus. With exceptions as specified in clause 6 under this Policy, only assistance animals can be brought on campus. An assistance animal is a dog or other animal that is either:
- accredited under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the accreditation of animals trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of that disability; or
- accredited by an animal training organisation prescribed in the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph; or
- to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability, and
- to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a guide on bringing animals onto campus and inside buildings. ACU recognises that animals enhance the lives and wellbeing of many people, but also seeks to ensure the safety and health of staff, students and visitors to campus.
In forming this policy, consideration has been given in balancing the positive impacts of having animals on campus such as improved wellbeing, with the (real or perceived) threats such as animal bites, allergens, as well as the welfare of the animals themselves.
3.1 ACU supports assistance animals on campus:
- Assistance animals (incl. those in training), such as guide dogs and hearing dogs, are used to help people who are living with disabilities;
- ACU supports the presence of animals that are brought on campus for approved activities such as petting zoos and therapy animals. These animals are brought on campus by external, certified agencies to partake in ACU organised events.
- Staff and students may bring animals onto campus for the annual ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service when conducted by Campus Ministry. Owners remain responsible for the control and conduct of their animals in accordance with other clauses in this Policy.
3.2 ACU recommends that animals, other than assistance animals, or as noted above, are not to be brought inside University buildings because of:
- The potential for attacks or bites to both people and pets from any animal;
- Risk of slips, trips and falls from pets or their waste underfoot;
- Pathogens and dander contaminating buildings, labs and other research areas;
- Fear of certain animal breeds or staff concerns (real or perceived) about their safety;
- Risks to the animal’s general welfare from being in an environment not appropriate or not suitably designed with them in mind;
- The impact on productivity of having an animal inside a work or research area.
3.3 ACU requires that all assistance animals be registered at the local campus concierge desk who will also register the animal with campus security.
3.4 Any ACU community member seeking approval to bring an assistance animal on to an ACU campus needs to provide the certifying documentation, e.g. Assistance Animal Pass (Vic), Handler’s Identity Card/Animal Pass (Qld), Disability Dog Pass (SA), Assistance Animal Permit (NSW) or other registered/authorised training bodies, and ensure that the animal is always suitably identifiable using a yellow or red apron with the word “ASSISTANCE ANIMAL” on the side.
3.5 At all times, the animal owner/ handler remains fully responsible and liable for all actions, behaviours and management of the animal whilst on an ACU campus and must follow the instructions and directions of Facilities Management and Security whilst on campus.
3.6 This policy does not cover surrounding neighbours and residents who walk animals through the campus, however, all animals must always be controlled by the handler, on a leash or similar securing device and follow the instructions and guidance of Facilities Management and Security personnel.
3.7 Suitable signage and notification of ACU’s position regarding Animals on campus will be promoted through the placement of external signage at key entry/ exit points across the campus and at main entrances to prominent buildings.
3.8 No animals will be allowed into the University laboratories.
This policy relates to all animals on campus, inside buildings and applies to all staff, students, contractors and visitors to ACU. Assistance animals on campus outside of buildings are covered by expected behaviours for animals in public spaces as defined by applicable state and federal legislation.
This policy does not apply to animals used to support University activities such as research or theatrical performances (for which an approval needs to be sought separately and directly to the Director of Properties & Facilities).
Identified below are a list of roles and responsibilities associated within the correct implementation of this Policy;
- Chief Operating Officer
- Director of Properties & Facilities
- Associate Director Facilities Management
- State Facilities Managers/ Facilities Managers/ Administrators and Facility Service Officers
- Security Site Supervisors/ Officers
i) To review and approve Policy.
i) To review and ensure governance of the Policy.
i)To create and review policy including feedback and community comments;
i)To provide advice and guidance to each campus community;
ii)To support the adoption of the policy at a local campus level.
i)To provide advice and guidance to each campus community;
ii)To support community members in registering their assistance animals with concierge
iii)To constantly monitor the campus environment and approach induvial to promote and advise them of ACU’s position with respect to companion animals on campus
An exemption to this policy can be requested in writing to the Director of Properties & Facilities via a Head of School/Division for the areas where the animal will be taken. Approval is to be decided on a case by case basis taking in to consideration the factors including, but not limited to, those contained within this policy.
Factors that must be considered include:
- The reason for having the animal on campus;
- All regular occupants of the area must be consulted and agree;
- Whether any regular occupants have severe animal allergies (and any associated anaphylaxis response);
- Visitors to the area (e.g. meeting attendees) should be notified if there is potential for interaction with an animal;
- How the pet will be transported onto/off campus, including appropriate containment/restraint;
- How the pet will be monitored while its owner engages in work or study related activities.
- How the pet will be managed in an evacuation or during an emergency situation;
- Consideration of any smell and noise impact on the space;
- Will the pet be contained in its own environment (e.g. tank).
Owners of Animals brought on to campus in contravention of this Policy will be required to contain and remove the Animal without delay.
This policy will be reviewed every two years in conjunction with key University stakeholders and departments and will consider ongoing feedback and community comments.
Draft forwarded for review by Campus Committee
Further information as assistance can be made by contacting the Associate Director Facilities Management.
AD-FM Associate Director Facilities Management
Assistance Animals Are defined in the Background section of this policy
Building Any building that is located on an ACU campus that is branded or identified through signwriting as an ACU building
Campus The scope of definition for this policy shall include the following campus locations and associated buildings:
- ACU Brisbane
- ACU Brisbane Leadership Centre
- ACU North Sydney
- ACU Strathfield
- ACU Blacktown
- ACU Canberra
- ACU Melbourne
- ACU Ballarat
- ACU Adelaide
Community Member Is a description used for the group or individual identification of an ACU staff, ACU employee (casual sessional etc.), ACU student (any course), visitor or guest.
Companion Animals Companion animals are not specifically trained and/or certified to perform any specific kind of task and are a companion animal only – example the family pet.
Disability Disability in the context of this policy covers a wide range of physical and psychological conditions and includes:
- total or partial loss of the bodily or mental functions;
- total or partial loss of a part of the body;
- the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness;
- the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness;
- the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person’s body;
- a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; or
- a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgment or that results in disturbed behaviour.
- Animals of Campus Policy (Policy, PDF File, 183.7 KB)
|Policy applies to||
All Staff And Students
|Policy Status||New Policy|
|Approval Authority||Vice Chancellor And President|
|Governing Authority||Campus Committee|
|Responsible Officer||Director, Properties|
|Date of Last Revision||Not Applicable|
* Unless otherwise indicated, this policy will still apply beyond the review date.
Page last updated: 2019-12-03
Short url: https://policies.acu.edu.au/2337550