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National Anti-Doping Framework

The purpose of the National Anti-Doping Framework is to align domestic anti-doping efforts in Australia through a set of principles and clearly identified areas for co-operation, agreed between the federal, state and territory governments. To create and maintain a culture hostile to doping, governments must work in close co-operation with a range of partners, including sporting bodies, other government agencies and professional associations.


ASADA’s responsibilities under the framework are described throughout this report.

In addition to ASADA, there were 2 independent committees established by the ASADA legislation – the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel and Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee.

Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia)

The role of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in the anti-doping framework is to:

  • require national sporting organisations (NSO), as a condition of ASC recognition and funding, to:
    • have an anti-doping policy complying with the World Anti-Doping Code and approved by the ASADA CEO
    • acknowledge ASADA’s powers and functions
  • determine, in consultation with ASADA, whether to withhold recognition or funding from NSOs for non-compliance
  • require athlete support grant recipients to, as a condition of their grant, comply with the anti-doping policies of the ASC and their NSO and to repay grant funds to the ASC if they breach these policies
  • assist, cooperate and liaise with ASADA and other anti-doping organisations in relation to the conduct of any investigation or hearing concerning a potential violation.

National Integrity of Sport Unit

The National Integrity of Sport Unit in the Department of Health had primary responsibility for the Australian Government’s obligations under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Convention. It worked in partnership with other federal, state and territory government bodies to meet these obligations. It had policy responsibility for anti-doping, including representing the Minister for Youth and Sport at the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings, when the Minister was unavailable.

National sporting organisations

Under the framework, all ASC-recognised national sporting organisations – and by extension their affiliated state and regional sporting organisations – must:

  • have an anti-doping policy complying with the World Anti-Doping Code
  • implement anti-doping measures to the extent required by their respective international federations
  • acknowledge ASADA’s functions and powers and facilitate the execution of those functions and powers as reasonably required by ASADA.

State and territory governments

Under the framework, state and territory governments contribute to meeting Australia’s international obligations under the UNESCO Convention and the World Anti-Doping Code by:

  • supporting the objectives of the framework
  • expecting state sporting organisations to demonstrate compliance with their sport’s own ASADA-approved anti-doping policy as a condition of receiving state/territory funding
  • expecting athletes and their support staff at institutes and academies of sport within their jurisdiction to be subject to a Code-compliant anti-doping policy
  • supporting anti-doping education, particularly at the sub-elite and community levels, including the education delivered by ASADA
  • supporting the enforcement of anti-doping sanctions resulting from an anti-doping rule violation, including the withdrawal of funding for an athlete or support person and the denial of access to state/territory government facilities (including institutes and academies of sport) as provided for by the sanction
  • cooperating with ASADA in investigations of potential violations (for example, by developing information-sharing arrangements with ASADA)
  • encouraging and assisting state sporting organisations to support the work of NSOs to fulfil their anti-doping roles and responsibilities
  • encouraging state-based organisations dealing directly with athletes or their support people to promote compliance with the anti-doping policies of their sport
  • advising ASADA of any possible anti-doping rule violations.

Other Australian Government agencies

The role of other Australian Government agencies under the framework is to:

  • share intelligence to help ASADA in its investigations (for example, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Therapeutic Goods Administration)
  • analyse samples collected from athletes on behalf of ASADA and conduct anti-doping research (the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory).

State sporting organisations

The role of these organisations under the framework is to:

  • implement anti-doping measures to the extent required by their respective international federations and NSOs
  • support the delivery of education to athletes, particularly junior athletes, about their individual obligations and the dangers of doping.

Professional associations

Under the framework, some professional associations (such as medical associations, strength and conditioning associations, players associations) have a role in:

  • developing and implementing codes of conduct, good practices and ethics relating to sport consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code
  • working with governments and the sporting community to develop such policies
  • educating their members on the anti-doping rules or including anti-doping education as an accreditation requirement
  • making their members aware of the ‘prohibited association’ anti-doping rule violation.