What Is The Canine Certification Council for Scent Detection?

....and why is it needed?
Council Governance

The Council has a board of advisors who provide strategic advice for the management of the Council.

The assessors of the Council are experts in the field of detection, and come from a wide range of experience on all odours.

Council Relationship with Australian Government

Gregory Andrews, the Threatened Species Commissioner, Department of Environment has a national focus on conservation of native flora and fauna in Australia that is facing extinction by working collaboratively with other Government Departments, the community, industry, scientists and all levels of government to broker solutions that strive to avoid the extinction of Australias’ native species. Gregory Andrews takes the role of Federal Government representation to provide a liaison to the Australian Government that will lead to the development of legislation and a new Act specifically for detection dogs in Australia.

The Council will continue to work with the Threatened Species Office as well as individual state environment departments.

Mission statement

The Councils’ objective is to set a benchmark of high standards for canine detection teams by which their assessment clearly demonstrates them to be highly proficient in their target odour(s).

Self regulated code of conduct
  • The Council ethics will always be of the highest standard and any self-interests will be clearly declared.
  • An assessor cannot have trained the dog that is being assessed.
  • All assessments can be provided by video if it is filmed by an independent and pre-authorised third party if location necessitates, to ensure no canine team will be disadvantaged.
  • The Council executive committee will address and adjudicate on any disputes.
  • All results from the assessments are strictly private and will only be provided to the handler or organisation for whom the assessment is being conducted.
Why Is The Council Needed?

This Council will provide a framework for detection dogs in Australia, operating in any detection areas of wildlife and habitat conservation.

Currently, there is no framework which can result in substandard work and consequently have the potential to endanger species and operational concerns for the organisation.

The Council creates uniformity, the ability to maintain quality and safety standards, regulation, and control.

It provides Government departments and organisations using conservation dogs clear and current guidelines of the training and handling of the dog.