Manual of Policies and Procedures

H/3.10 Animals on site

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Facilities Management / Director, Equity and Student Counselling

Approval Date

09/08/2019

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/08/2022

3.10.1 Purpose
3.10.2 Application
3.10.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.10.4 Assistance animals and trainee assistance animals
3.10.5 Animals in public spaces on campus
3.10.6 Other arrangements
3.10.7 Wildlife on site
3.10.8 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

3.10.1 Purpose

This policy details the conditions on which animals are permitted to be on a QUT campus or distributed site.

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3.10.2 Application

This policy applies to all QUT campuses and distributed sites.

This policy does not apply to specific licensed animals.

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3.10.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Executive Director, Facilities Management

  • determines areas of the University where access is restricted for assistance animals and trainee assistance animals, in accordance with relevant legislation
  • determines conditions for permitting animals, other than assistance animals, on QUT campuses or distributed sites
  • permits animals, other than assistance animals, in non-public areas of QUT in exceptional circumstances after consideration of health and safety risks

Director, Equity and Student Counselling

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3.10.4 Assistance animals and trainee assistance animals

Certified assistance animals and trainee assistance animals are permitted on University campuses and distributed sites, and in University buildings. However, in accordance with relevant legislation, there are restrictions on access to parts of the University, including health service facilities, places where food is ordinarily prepared, and other areas designated by the Executive Director, Facilities Management, as a non-public space.

A handler or approved trainer must maintain control of the assistance animal or trainee assistance animal at all times. A handler of an assistance animal or approved trainer of a trainee assistance animal may be requested to show their identity card or provide evidence that the animal has been appropriately trained, and the assistance animal or trainee assistance animal must display its certification badge where certified under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (Qld). QUT encourages a handler or approved trainer coming onto campus regularly to make contact with the relevant campus coordinator for ease of access.

In accordance with the relevant legislation and QUT’s procedures, the University may exclude an assistance animal or trainee assistance animal from a University site if that animal’s behaviour poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Further information is available in Guidance about Assistance Animals (QUT staff access only).

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3.10.5 Animals in public spaces on campus

The University acknowledges that its Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses contain thoroughfares and spaces used by the general public. Animals that are not a certified assistance animal are permitted on University campuses on the following conditions:

  • a person physically able to control the animal, for example a dog, is holding it by an appropriate leash
  • the animal is not engaging in any behaviour which could reasonably harass, cause damage or other injury to another person or animal
  • the animal is not creating a noise annoyance
  • the person in control of the animal cleans up its faeces.

Non-compliance with any of these conditions will result in the person in control of the animal being requested by security staff to remove it from the campus immediately.

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3.10.6 Other arrangements

Animals, other than assistance animals and trainee assistance animals, are only permitted in the non-public spaces of the campus in exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Executive Director, Facilities Management, and after adequate consideration of any health, safety and operational risks.

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3.10.7 Wildlife on site

The University’s sites are home to an assortment of wildlife, native and otherwise. Native wildlife is protected by law, but no wildlife on campus should be unnecessarily disturbed. For health and safety reasons, and for the welfare of the animal, wildlife must not be fed. Any issues with wildlife on campus, including the reporting of pests or injured animals, should be referred to Facilities Management .

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3.10.8 Definitions

Assistance animal means:

Licensed animals means animals currently licensed for research and teaching purposes in accordance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Public space has the meaning given to ‘public place’ in Schedule 4, Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (Qld), namely:

public place means a place, or part of the place -

(a) the public is entitled to use, that is open to members of the public or that is used by the public, whether or not on payment of money; or

(b) the occupier of which allows, whether or not on payment of money, members of the public to enter.

Related Documents

MOPP A/8.6 Disability

MOPP H/3.6 Campus services, events and alcohol (section H/3.6.6 Events and noise)

Guidance about Assistance Animals (QUT staff access only)

Disability Discrimination Act 1992(Cth)

Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (Qld)

Animals Local Law 2017 (Brisbane City Council)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
26.11.19 All Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar Approval Authority changed as a result of reporting line change - Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer to Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
11.09.19 H/3.10.6, H/3.10.8 Director, Governance and Legal Services Editorial change to clarify definition of public space
09.08.19 All Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar (approved as University officer with overall responsibility for the function of facilities management at date of approval) New policy – replaces section H/3.1.6 Animals on campus

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