About RAD Teams
Here at Revolutionary Assistance Dogs we support disabled handlers training their own Assistance Dogs. This is known as 'owner training'.
Our RAD Dogs must not only meet the standards for Assistance Dogs as laid out by the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), but RAD's own standards of training and behaviour. These standards expand upon the law, and ensure all teams have a clear idea of what is expected of them when working in public places. You can read these standards at the bottom of this page, or attached to our membership forms.
RAD Teams will also move through our training levels, designed to give a clear structure and solid foundation of what training is required for their Assistance Dogs. Teams will placed in the level that best suits them at the time of joining.
RAD Dog Rosie is an Autism Assistance dog. She provides a range of support to her handler.
The Federal Law in Australia that defines an Assistance Dog is the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). This is also the Act that protects a disabled person's right to have their Assistance Dog accompany them into public spaces without facing discrimination.
Section 9(2) of the Act requires an Assistance Dog to be:
(i) to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability; and
(ii) to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.
All Assistance Dogs must be trained to meet these requirements.
Due to a range of understanding and experience levels of those seeking to join RAD, we have created these four training levels to ensure that our teams
Red Level - For teams who are just starting out their journey together.
Yellow Level - For teams who are working toward DDA and RAD standards for Public Access.
Blue Level - For teams who are starting Public Access, and are trained to DDA and RAD standards.
Purple Level - For teams who are finished training, and working in full capacity.
These levels incorporate teams at all stages of training, and dogs of all ages from a range of different backgrounds.
RAD teams are able to move through these levels independently, with the support of professional trainers, or a mix of both along the way. Our training levels are designed to ensure our teams have a solid foundation of obedience, socialisation and distraction, and task training; as well as high standards of behaviour and a strong bond before moving forward into Public Access work.
Our training levels mean that our teams will have completed basic training, and formed a strong working bond before receiving their membership pack and starting Public Access. This membership pack contains your certificate, patch, membership ID card, and other supplies. This also ensures our members can comply to sections 54(A) (5) and (6) of the Act, in regard to evidence that an Assistance Dog is appropriately trained.
You may join RAD at any point throughout your Assistance Dog journey. There is a lot of preparation to be completed before your dog is ready to work as your Assistance Dog, we recommend getting started as soon as possible. Especially if you have not trained an Assistance Dog before. We have a range of resources and trainers that you can access to have a solid understanding of training, tasks that best suit you, the laws, and the every day routine of life with your new Assistance Dog.
If you ever encounter a RAD Team who you do not believe is upholding our standards, please reach out to us via email. We take expressions of concern very seriously, and will ensure the team receives the support they need to get back on track.