The Sport Australia is Australia’s primary national sports administration and advisory agency, and the cornerstone of a wide-ranging sports system. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Sport Australia plays a central leadership role in the development and operation of the Australian sports system, administering and funding innovative sport programs and providing leadership, coordination and support for the sport sector. The Sport Australia promotes the integrity of sport in Australia by supporting measures to deter doping.
This Anti-Doping Policy is adopted and implemented by the ASC in accordance with ASADA’s and the Sport Australia’s respective responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cth), the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 (Cth) (including the National Anti-Doping scheme), the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 (Cth) and in furtherance of combined ongoing efforts to eradicate doping in sport in Australia.
This Anti-Doping Policy contains rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Aimed at enforcing anti-doping principles in a global and harmonised manner, they are distinct in nature from criminal and civil laws, and are not intended to be subject to or limited by any national requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal or civil proceedings. When reviewing the facts and the law of a given case, all courts, arbitral tribunals and other adjudicating bodies should be aware of and respect the distinct nature of this anti-doping policy implementing the Code as well as Australian legislation, and the fact that these rules represent the consensus of a broad spectrum of stakeholders around the world as to what is necessary to protect and ensure fair sport.
Sexual Misconduct Helpline
A confidential helpline to assist if you have been, or are at risk of being, impacted by sexual misconduct while under Sport Australia's (including the ASC and AIS) care as well as if you are seeking information to prevent or responding to observed sexual misconduct.
Phone: 1800 272 4357
Search and Discovery program
The Anti-Doping Search and Discovery Program is one of the elements of the Sport Australia’s strategies to combat doping activities in sport. It involves the conduct of searches of Sport Australia’s residential facilities and aims to:
- deter athletes and support personnel from participating in doping activities
- ensure premises are not used for doping activities
- support and further develop the culture of accountability among athletes.
Under the terms and conditions of use agreement for AIS facilities authorised representatives may, at any time and without prior notice, enter the facilities or other premises provided by the AIS (for example, hotel rooms paid for by the AIS), conduct a search and remove any items they believe the possession of which may be in breach of the Sport Australia’s Anti-Doping Policy, any AIS policy, any applicable anti-doping policy of another organisation, or any applicable law.
Any personal property kept in an athletes room may be searched and/or removed, whether or not the property is owned by the athlete.
Important reminders when staying at Sport Australia facilities:
- Do not keep medications that are out of date or for which you no longer have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
- Do not use another person’s medications, including those of other athletes.
- If you are an athlete and have been prescribed a medication which requires a TUE, please bring a copy of your TUE.
Please be aware that if supplements or medications are visible within the facilities, Search and Discovery procedures will be applied and verification of the supplements and medications will be required. Please consider this when using your supplements or medication onsite.
Sport Australia Board Child Safe Commitment Statement
Sport Australia is strongly committed to Australian sport environments that are safe, supportive and friendly for children and young people. We are committed to working with all involved in sport so that children and young people can enjoy sport and feel safe, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Child safety must be embedded in every Australian sporting organisation’s culture, reflected in their policies and procedures, and understood and practised at all levels of the sport. This includes within our own organisation and facilities where children and young people come to practice, play, learn and excel.
It is essential everyone involved with delivering sport in Australia understands the important legal and governance responsibilities they have in relation to child safety. This includes boards, committees, club administrators, volunteers, coaches, parents and participants. We have zero tolerance for any behaviour that puts the well-being of children and young people at risk.
Our commitment extends not just to sporting environments that minimise risk or danger but also to encouraging sporting organisations to build an environment that is not only fully compliant with legal and regulatory requirements, but where children and young people can fully benefit from the opportunity sport offers.