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ASC Restorative Program

ASC Restorative Program

Supporting former AIS scholarship athletes who experienced harm from inappropriate practices or abuse

Other support options

In addition to the ASC Restorative Program, the following support options are also available to you as people in the high performance system.

Details are outlined below, however, if you still have questions or concerns, please contact the ASC Restorative Program team (restorative@ausport.gov.au) for guidance.

There are services available to provide you with wellbeing support, as well as contact details if you would like to consider other avenues of raising a matter.

Contact us

Our support team is available to answer any questions you may have:

Wellbeing support

AIS Be Heard

AIS Be Heard is available for people in the high performance system to share their experiences and be provided with support.  AIS Be Heard is available to current and former athletes, coaches and staff across the Australian high performance sports system. This includes the AIS and the National Institute Network, comprising state and territory Institutes and Academies of Sport.

AIS Mental Health Referral Network

If you are going through a difficult time with your mental health or you want some advice on how to improve your wellbeing, the AIS Mental Health Referral Network (MHRN) is a group of expert psychologists and mental health clinicians who understand the pressures and complexity of life in a high performance setting.

Whether you have been or are an athlete, a coach or a support staff member in high performance sport, connect with the MHRN to access free and confidential support for yourself or to refer someone else.

  • Web: www.ais.gov.au/MHRN
  • Phone: 02 6214 1130 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm AEST)
  • Email: mentalhealth@ausport.gov.au

ASC Sexual Misconduct Helpline

If you have been impacted by sexual misconduct as a result of your involvement with sport, or you are seeking information to prevent or respond to observed sexual misconduct, you can contact the ASC Sexual Misconduct Helpline.

The ASC Sexual Misconduct Helpline is a confidential helpline available to assist people in the Australian sports community.

Lifeline

If you need immediate support, please contact Lifeline. Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They are available 24 hours a day to listen, without judgement to any person in Australia who is feeling overwhelmed, experiencing crisis or longs to be heard.

  • Phone: 13 11 14 for immediate 24/7 support.

Raising a matter

Sport Integrity Australia

If you have a concern regarding a current matter of unacceptable behaviour in sport, speak to Sport Integrity Australia.

Sport Integrity Australia encourages everyone in sport who has experienced unacceptable behaviour to speak to Sport Integrity Australia, to help make sport a safer and fairer place in the future.

For more information on how to raise a concern, and what will happen with the information you provide, visit their website.

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions, it holds the institutions accountable for the abuse and helps people who have experienced institutional abuse access counselling, a redress payment and a direct personal response.

The Scheme was established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme started in July 2018 and will run for ten years.

Law enforcement

If you have a concern regarding a former or current matter of criminal behaviour in sport, you can make a report to the police.

Legal advice

If you have a concern regarding a former or current matter of unacceptable behaviour in sport, you may wish to seek legal advice and consider compensation.

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