Athletes who are part of the registered testing pool need to let us know where they are going to be, at specific times. This is so we can perform testing with no advanced notice.
If athletes in the registered testing pool do not provide current and accurate whereabouts information, they may incur a declaration of a missed test, or a filing failure. This is sometimes called a ‘strike’.
If an athlete gets 3 strikes in a 12 month period, this is an anti-doping rule violation and the athlete can be sanctioned.
We work closely with Australian Border Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate trafficking of prohibited drugs, medications and substances, and prohibited methods.
Athletes, support persons and non-participants can receive a sanction for being involved in the trafficking of prohibited substances or methods. This can include supplying substances to people who are not athletes.
If an athlete, support person or non-participant administers or attempts to administer any prohibited method or substance to an athlete, we can sanction them. This will prevent them from being involved in sport or with athletes.
An example of an ‘Administration’ anti-doping rule violation might be where a support person:
or otherwise participates in, the use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete.
If a person is aware that someone intends or attempts to violate an anti-doping rule, or if a person tries to cover up someone’s an anti-doping rule violation, we can sanction that person for complicit behaviour.
Complicit behaviour includes:
or any other type of intentional complicity, involving any anti-doping rule violation or attempted anti-doping rule violation.
From 1 January 2021, a new anti-doping rule violation came into effect that makes it an offence to discourage or retaliate against someone for reporting information relating to doping activities. For example, an athlete witnesses their teammate using a prohibited substance and the athlete’s teammate threatens to harm the athlete if they tell the authorities. In this example the teammate can be sanctioned for discouraging reporting to authorities.