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Our role and functions

The Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements1 (Wood Review) found the vulnerability of Australian sport to future corruption is exacerbated by the lack of a clear and national regulatory, law enforcement, policy and program delivery response across the sports integrity threat continuum.

The Australian Government established Sport Integrity Australia to cohesively amalgamate and develop existing sport integrity capabilities, knowledge and expertise, and to coordinate all elements of a sport integrity threat response nationally, including prevention, monitoring and detection, investigation and enforcement. The agency provides a single point of contact for athletes, sporting organisations, law enforcement bodies and other stakeholders for matters relating to sports integrity.

Sport Integrity Australia prevents and addresses threats2 to sports integrity3 and coordinates a national approach to matters relating to sports integrity in Australia, with a view to:

  • achieving fair and honest sporting performances and outcomes
  • promoting positive conduct by athletes, administrators, officials, supporters and other stakeholders, on and off the sporting arena
  • achieving a safe, fair and inclusive sporting environment at all levels
  • enhancing the reputation and standing of sporting contests and of sport overall.4

The agency has 3 primary areas of focus:

  1. policy and program delivery (including engagement, education, outreach and development)
  2. monitoring, intelligence and investigations
  3. regulation.

Part of Sport Integrity Australia’s responsibilities is to be Australia’s National Anti-Doping Organisation, providing a comprehensive anti-doping program for the Australian sport community. It will become the national platform for the purposes of the Macolin Convention.5

Deputy CEO Susan Ball with Sarah Cook OLY (Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer, Dual International in Rowing and Sailing, and Member of National Sports Tribunal) celebrating Play True Day in April 2021.
Deputy CEO Susan Ball with Sarah Cook OLY (Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer, Dual International in Rowing and Sailing, and Member of National Sports Tribunal) celebrating Play True Day in April 2021.

Sport Integrity Australia is responsible for leading further development and implementation of the Government’s Response to the Wood Review, including those functions identified for Stage 2.

Further detail on the role and functions of Sport Integrity Australia are set out in the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020, the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020 and the National Anti-Doping scheme. The agency is a non-corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Footnotes

  1. The Wood Review was commissioned by the Australian Government in August 2017 and was conducted by an independent expert panel. The Report of the Review was presented to the government in March 2018 and addressed key domestic and international threats to the integrity of sport through 52 recommendations. The Government Response to the Wood Review was released on 12 February 2019.
  2. Threats to sports integrity include: the manipulation of sporting competitions; the use of drugs or doping methods in sport; the abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment; the failure to protect members of sporting organisations, and other persons in a sporting environment from bullying, intimidation, discrimination or harassment.
  3. Sports integrity means the manifestation of the ethics and values that promote community confidence in sport.
  4. Section 3A – Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020.
  5. The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (Macolin Convention) is the only multilateral treaty specifically aimed at combating match-fixing and other related corruption in sport.