Apply for a Compass Assistance Dog


Compass Assistance Dogs have the ability to dramatically improve the lives of the children and families they are placed with. Assistance Dogs are in high demand and whilst our dream is to be able to support EVERY family that applies for one, we of course have some constraints (unfortunately!) so there if often a wait time. Our aim is to make the application process as smooth as possible and to support families along every step of the way of considering whether an Assistance Dog is the right option for them.


  • Who we can support: We provide Assistance Dogs to children with Autism. At this point in time, we don’t provide dogs for PTSD, sight loss or other disabilities, sorry!
  • Where you live: Only families that are within the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Noosa, Moreton Bay Regional Council Areas are eligible to apply. Anything further than that is unfortunately not feasible for us at this time.
  • The costs: The costs for fully trained, specialist service dogs can often be a barrier to families being able to secure one for their child. At Compass, we have come up with a number of ways to raise the funds on behalf of families like yours in need. This means that the dog can be GIFTED to you. The only costs involved are training for you and your family with the puppy and the instructor when you first receive the dog.
  • Only our dogs will do: All of the dogs we provide to families are secured and trained by Compass, we don’t certify self-trained dogs.


If you’re interested in applying for a Compass Assistance Dogs, please contact (07) 5445-9116 or click the link below, where you can discuss further options available to you and how you can apply to become a service user.

You can also read about some of our Life-Changing Stories here, which have been written by families who have received Compass Assistance Dogs.

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Compass Assistance Dogs is a certified provider under The Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009