Our story Moving forward in Victoria
In 1962, the Guide Dog Association moved Victorian headquarters to our current location in Kew. The first specially-designed Guide Dog Centre in the world was built on land granted to the National Association by the Victorian Government.
In 1967 we launched the Puppy Raising program, enabling young pups to be socialised in a family environment for 12 months before beginning Guide Dog training.
On July 1st 1998, Guide Dogs Victoria assumed the business operations of the National Association, known as the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. This includes Guide Dog breeding, Puppy Raising and training programs, and other mobility services for people with low vision. State associations continue to service people with low vision in their own state.
Guide Dogs Victoria is a proud member of the International Guide Dog Federation.