We have a long and proud heritage.
For more than 60 years, Guide Dogs SA/NT has enabled a lifetime of independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing for people with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families.
The Guide Dogs SA Association was started by the Adelaide and Unley Apex Groups in 1957. Five years later, South Australia partnered with Northern Territory to become Guide Dogs SA/NT. The first qualified Guide Dog in South Australia was ‘Faye’, who was placed in Brighton in 1957.
From being the first provider of Guide Dogs in South Australia, we have a long history of innovation and finding solutions that will have the biggest, most positive impact for people. This pursuit has taken us far beyond our iconic Guide Dogs.
We were the first Guide Dogs team to be trained in using ‘sonic spectacles’. Guide Dogs SA/NT was involved in creating a revolutionary mobile educational display unit, as well as Australia’s first interactive vision and hearing education centre. In 2010, we pioneered the provision of Autism Assistance Dogs.
We have a strong and long-standing reputation for doing what’s right. That’s why Guide Dogs has been voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity on seven occasions.
We are proud to have two Patrons of Guide Dogs SA/NT.
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, graciously accepted the roles of Patron, Guide Dogs SA and Patron, Guide Dogs NT.
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC was sworn in as Governor of South Australia in 2014. His Excellency was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 and a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2016, for service to the community of South Australia.
Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM was sworn in as Administrator of the Northern Territory in 2017. Her Honour was Chair of National Disability Services Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability Reform, as well as a Board Member of National Disability Services and the Northern Territory Council of Social Services. Her Honour was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for her significant service to people with a disability.
Learn about our accreditations and certifications.
Guide Dogs SA/NT operates at all times according to the rules and regulations of the relevant quality and accreditation bodies, with certification including:
- International Guide Dog Federation accreditation
- Registered NDIS and My Aged Care provider
- ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification
- Assistance Dogs International accreditation