Service Fees

Regardless of where your dog has come from, your past or current dog training or your situation, every prospective client is required to fill out an application form, including payment. You will be charged per session via card tap & go or invoiced monthly for training sessions. Please make sure you are financially equipped to take on this commitment or have a funding body behind you as PADT is a business and is not currently affiliated with any charitable organisations.

Application Fee

$180 application fee – this one off fee includes a 1 hour face-to-face dog assessment with the owner. If the application is successful then the fees below will apply.

Application Form

Client Commitment Fee

$90 a month – this is an ongoing fee, regardless of training sessions.  This fee includes an assurance that the program continues to address the specific needs of the client and their dog and also includes ongoing email/phone support during business hours outside actual training sessions until Public Access Test (PAT) accredited.

Training can take anywhere between 3-18months depending on the client and dog. 

Once the trainer deems that the dog has met acceptable standards of hygiene and behaviour to access public spaces according to the DDA’92, the trainer will organise an In-Training jacket and I.D. card for your dog (please allow up to 4 weeks for this).  The jacket and I.D. card is included in the fees. 

Training Fees

$110 p/hr  (from July 1st, 2019) for individual face-to-face training. This fee includes the trainer’s travel time of up to 20 minutes from the Glenroy, Victoria area.  Trainer’s travel across the city may incur extra fees for: citilink tolls and bolte bridge.  Any extra travel time to and from the training venue will be charged part there of the hourly rate.  PADT will make every effort to reduce travel costs….Melbourne traffic!

Please allow and budget for at least 1.5 hours per training session.

If you do not have financial support, please contact us to discuss. 

Public Access Test (PAT)

$300 flat rate.  This includes the face-to-face PAT session, video footage of the PAT provided on a USB upon request, paperwork and any follow up.

Please note: Paws for Assistance Dog Training will not conduct a PAT without prior application, assessment and training sessions.

Follow-up Sessions

The GHAD ’09 Act PAT is a 3 year ‘license’ however, once you and your dog have completed the PAT:

At 3 months, your assessing trainer will do an email or phone call follow-up to make sure you and your dog are on the right track. No cost, unless you require a training session.

At 6 months, you will be required to have an individual training session with the trainer.  Charged at the current session rate

At 12 months, you will be required to have an individual training session. The trainer will conduct a mock-PAT. Charged at the current session rate.

At 24 months, you will be required to have an individual training session. The trainer will conduct a mock-PAT. Charged at the current session rate.

At 36 months (3 years post PAT), you and your dog will be required to re-sit the full PAT under the GHAD ’09 Act.  Charged at the current PAT rate.

At 12 monthly intervals, you will be required to run a mock-PAT with Paws for Assistance Dog Training.

Recommended Extras

$40 for waist leash, one-off payment.  These are brilliant and you’ll have it for years!

$40 for a portable dog place-mat. One off payment. 

$25-$28 ‘Gentle leader’ head halter (most Assistance dogs wear these). One off payment.  These are used to calm the dog for assistance work. You can purchase from pet shops or the trainer. 

Training locations are at either: John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve (Oak Park), Strathmore Heights Boeing Reserve, Moonee Ponds Central, Airport West shopping centre, Highpoint Shopping Centre (Maribyrnong), Northland Shopping Centre (Preston) and Melbourne city centre on occasion.  Please be prepared to attend these locations.

NDIS Funding

NDIS funds can be used to access PADT services, this can be done through your self managed or plan managed funds.

If you require an Assistance Animal training estimation of costs for your NDIS application, please contact us for a support letter.  This is a detailed document to compile in collaboration with your allied health team and support coordinator. Cost $110.  This will be invoiced to the NDIS participant.

  • It is up to the participant (with the dog) and the support coordinator to decide where the Assistance Dog training funds will come from & which line item it will fall under.  
  • Once approved, PADT will invoice the plan manager or participant (if self-managed).
  • List x3 trained ‘tasks’ the dog will do for you to mitigate your disability. Be very specific for the NDIS and yourself.

See below for further information on NDIS Assistance animals:

NDIS Assistance animals