Sport Integrity Australia National Strategy for Information Sharing
The first agreement under the Sport Integrity Australia National Strategy for Information Sharing (NSIS) was signed in December.
Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) virtually with Queensland Police Service (QPS) Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes.
The MoU will assist in building partnerships and capabilities to better react to threats when they emerge.
Sport Integrity Australia Deputy CEO Susie Ball, who was instrumental in securing the agreement, commended both agencies and thanked the QPS for being the first to sign their MOU.
“This MOU will capture not only the information sharing between the agencies but will allow us to look at training opportunities together and possible secondment arrangements to ensure coverage and expertise in this growth agency,” Ball said.
Assistant Commissioner Innes highlighted the importance of the MoU, “We need to start working towards building our responses and our support for legitimate sporting activity across Australia and internationally,” she said. “So I’m looking forward to where this will go in the next number of years as we build that capacity here in Queensland.”
Reflecting on his careers in both sport and with the Australian Federal Police, CEO Sharpe acknowledged the work the QPS has done over many years in this area.
“I have watched the QPS lead in so many areas and I’ve learned a lot from watching how they deliver, so signing this first agreement is significant in my eyes and it sets the scene for the rest of the country,” Sharpe said.
“We have had so many matters come through our complaint lines and state law enforcement in Australia has been exceptional in helping, guiding and setting us up through our multiple complaints and requests on protection matters.
“I see this as a long-term partnership with a lot of good things being achieved in the lead up to 2032.”
The agreement was also attended by QPS Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Russell Joyce and key Sport Integrity Australia staff who were instrumental in delivering this important milestone.
An MoU with the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and NSW Police will follow early in the New Year.
The NSIS is an initiative identified by attendees at the Sport Integrity Australia Threats to Sport Law Conference in 2021.