Delta Society Australia is a national non-profit organisation.  We believe that the human-animal bond improves our quality of life and leaves lasting paw prints on our hearts.

There is a special kinship shared between dogs and people of all ages. Attention from a dog can brighten your day, make you feel loved and, as has been scientifically proven to improve overall health and well-being.

We believe that a better relationship between people and dogs will lead to a more enriched and fulfilled life for humans and dogs alike. 

Our Purpose

Our Board

Our Governance

Our People

Melinda Farrell

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Kyiet

National Therapy Dogs Manager

Robyn Paikin

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Muraca

VIC State Therapy Dogs Co-ordinator

Anne Boxhall

TAS State Dog Safe Co-ordinator

Angela Sharpe

QLD State Therapy Dogs Co-ordinator

Kyla Walker

NSW State Therapy Dogs Co-ordinator

Lila Tillman

Institute Course / Membership Co-ordinator

Elizabeth Thompson

Paws the Pressure Co-ordinator

Tracey Johns

Office Administrator

Delta Society Australia cannot assess or accredit dogs for work outside of our program. Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams visit facilities that have signed an agreement with us. We are unable to provide companion animal certification.

Delta Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams can only visit facilities that we have signed agreement with us. At the moment, we do not visit people’s own homes.

Dogs who are trained to personally support one person with a special need or disability are called Assistance Dogs. Please contact Assistance Dogs Australia who provide accredited dogs to assist people with special needs and disabilities.

No, we are not authorised to provide this certification. You should contact your local Government department that looks after this area to see what is required. Legislation can vary by state governments and councils.

At this stage, our programs only involve dogs.


Our Purpose

To help animals bring joy to people.

History and Governance

The Delta Society began its work in Australia in August 1997, with a grant from the Animal Welfare League of Australia.

Delta is a national registered charity with the ACNC, we have Public Benevolent Institution and Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Our education arm, the Delta Institute is a Registered Training Organisation with ASQA.

Delta is a Company limited by guarantee, we have a volunteer Board of Directors who oversee the governance of the organisation.