Assistance Dogs Australia provides freedom and independence to people with disabilities. We are a national charity that trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform everyday tasks for people with disabilities. Assistance Dogs provide support to people with disabilities such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities such as autism, and mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Assistance Dogs increase independence, reduce reliance on human caregivers and act as a great ice-breaker helping overcome social isolation. Each Assistance Dog takes two years to train at a cost of $27,000. Dogs are placed free of charge to people who need them.