A milestone day for Australian sport
Today marks two years of Sport Integrity Australia and a milestone day in Australian sport.
It marks the completion of the key building phase of operational programs, including the National Integrity Framework, a framework designed to set the standard for policies around unacceptable behaviours in sport.
As of today, 58 sports have signed up to the National Integrity Framework, with 24 in the final stages of adoption, and four working towards adopting the framework. This means 86 sports in Australia will, or will soon, have access to Sport Integrity Australia's independent complaints handling service.
This a win for sport, more importantly it’s a win for the athletes under their care.
In addition, 11 sports have opted to continue with their own policies and have submitted them to Sport Integrity Australia for approval against the National Integrity Standards and we are working with sports to ensure their compliance to these standards.
Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe said it is a “momentous day for sport in Australia”.
“Our agency has been listening, learning and building these policies for two years. Today our focus shifts into the implementation phase of the National Integrity Framework,” Mr Sharpe said.
“I would like to recognise how far Australian sport has come in such a short time to ensure that their environment is safe, clean and fair and that there is a consistent approach across sport.”
Today also marks another significant achievement with all recognised Australian sports now signed up to the World Anti-Doping Code.
Mr Sharpe said it reflected the strength of the relationship developed between the agency and Australia’s National Sporting Organisations.
“We have worked hard to establish strong relationships with sports and the fact that they have adopted and collectively implemented the changes is evidence that the partnership is working.”