Dog Handlers Allowance

Award Definition

Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2010 [MA000110]

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

Allowance Description

Where an employee is responsible for maintaining an animal attached to a dog handler’s unit an employer will directly provide the following services:

  • feeding;
  • exercising;
  • home kennelling;
  • transporting; and
  • ensuring the safety and security of the animal

the employer must pay the employee the costs associated with maintaining the animal or a weekly allowance of 5% of the employee’s weekly rate.

What to pay

5% of the weekly rate of pay for the employee's classification


This allowance is based on performing a special duty or a certain area of responsibility

Should you withhold tax?

Withhold tax from this allowance

Should super be paid on this allowance?

This allowance forms part of ordinary times earnings

Should payroll tax be paid on this allowance?

Include this allowance for payroll tax purposes

How is it treated on the payment summary?

Include this allowance as part of gross wages

How should it be reported for Single Touch Payroll?


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