Australia has a robust process in place to determine if an athlete or support person has committed a possible anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).
This process is legislated under the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020 and the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020 (containing the National Anti-Doping scheme (NAD scheme)), and follows the principles set out under the World Anti-Doping Code 2021 (the Code), including the World Anti-Doping Code – International Standard – Results Management 2021, which establishes a process for the management of potential ADRVs.
Each potential ADRV brought before Sport Integrity Australia is unique in both its circumstances and the time it takes to reach a conclusion.
Sanctions for violations can range from a warning, to a short suspension or to a lifetime ban.
The following process sets out the general course of action that a matter may take through to its conclusion. The exact detail of the process will depend upon the anti-doping policy of the relevant sport.