Responsibilities Of Handlers
1. Ensure accreditation is current
It is the responsibility of each handler to ensure their accreditation is current.
2. All licenses must be valid and current
It is the responsibility of each handler to ensure all of their relevant licenses and certificates are current. They are required to produce these for their ‘hirer’. Names and numbers of licensed handler teams will be available to Government Departments and Organisations for verification purposes only.
3. Keep training records
Each accredited handler must maintain accurate training records. These records will be utilised when the handler team is re-accredited for a new period.
4. Public Liability insurance
It is the responsibility of each handler to maintain their own public liability insurance.
5. Animal Ethics
It is the responsibility of each handler to have current ethics evaluation for their individual state.
6. Keep records of the dogs’ vaccination and other health checks.
It is the responsibility of the handler to maintain accurate records of the dogs’ vaccinations, tick treatment, and worming. This information may be requested by the hirer at any time.
7. Conduct their own risk assessments
All handlers must conduct their own risk assessments prior to undertaking the assessment.
8. Dog welfare and handling whilst at assessment
All detector canines must:
a) Be treated and cared for in a humane manner in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.
b) Have current relevant vaccinations and be fit and healthy.
c) Be under control of the handler at all times.
d) Canines must be caged, tied up or on a lead when not working.
e) Handlers must take into consideration the conditions of the environment where the work is being undertaken, and if deemed to be safe for the dog, the canines and handlers must wear an identifiable vest when working on public land.
f) Adequate kenneling is provided in residence and for transport.
g) Canines should be transported in a cage or appropriate dog crate.
9. 1080 (and other baiting chemicals) awareness training
Accredited handlers are to ensure they are knowledgeable and have a good understanding of the guidelines for working a dog where 1080 has been used for baiting.
10. Storage and maintenance of training odour materials
The target odour must be provided to the assessor inside sealed zip lock bags with sealed containers and stored separately to the detector dog and equipment. They are to be provided a minimum of two hours prior to the assessment.
Different target odours must be stored separately.
11. Handlers who do not pass the assessment
Teams who do not pass the assessment have to wait a minimum of 30 days before being able to be reassessed.
A pass or fail will be given to the team at completion of the assessment.