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External scrutiny

Parliamentary scrutiny

Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs

ASADA appeared before the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on 3 occasions in 2019–20:

  • Supplementary Budget Estimates – 23 October 2019
  • Public Hearing: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 – 14 February 2020
  • Additional Estimates – 4 March 2020.

Decisions and reports

Judicial decisions

ASADA was not the subject of any judicial decisions in 2019–20.

Decisions of Administrative Tribunals

An application for review was lodged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal challenging an assertion by the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel of possible anti-doping rule violations in 2018–19. On 19 December 2019, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal handed down its decision in this matter, setting aside the assertions.

Another application for review was lodged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal challenging an assertion by the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel of possible anti-doping rule violations in 2019–20. The application was lodged out of time. On 17 June 2020, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal handed down its decision, refusing to extend the time within which the applicant could make an application for review.

Also, in 2019–20, 4 freedom of information (FOI) request decisions were lodged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review. As of 30 June 2020, all 4 matters remain in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Decisions by the Australian Information Commissioner

At the commencement of 2019–20, there were 9 applications for review with the Australian Information Commissioner. One further application for review was lodged during 2019–20.

Three applications were finalised pursuant to section 54W(a)(ii) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) and a further 6 applications were finalised pursuant to section 54W(b) of the FOI Act. One matter remains with the Australian Information Commissioner.

Parliamentary Committee reports

ASADA was not the subject of any parliamentary committee reports in 2019–20.

Commonwealth Ombudsman reports

ASADA was not subject to any complaints to the Commonwealth Ombudsman in 2019–20.

Commonwealth Auditor-General reports

ASADA received an unmodified audit report on its 2019–20 financial statements. The agency did not receive any audit findings related to its 2019–20 financial statement processes. The previous year’s 2 C findings were minor in nature and both were closed in 2019–20 with notable improvements to ASADA's controls framework.

In 2018–19, ASADA was included in the ANAO performance audit of the implementation of the Australian Government’s workplace bargaining framework. The Auditor-General report noted that ASADA, as with all agencies included in the audit, should strengthen governance around the bargaining process, specifically communications planning and risk management. Sport Integrity Australia is drafting a new enterprise agreement to replace the ASADA Enterprise Agreement 2017–20 and is focused on implementing these recommendations during the bargaining process.

Freedom of information (FOI)

In 2019–20, ASADA received 21 FOI applications.

Entities subject to the FOI Act are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). On its website, Sport Integrity Australia displays a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.