Information and Resources for Members of Sport
The National Integrity Framework is a suite of policies setting out unacceptable behaviours in sport and how Complaints are managed under the Framework.
Welcome to the National Integrity Framework
What is the National Integrity Framework?
The National Integrity Framework was developed by Sport Integrity Australia as an independent government agency to keep sport safe and fair.
The Framework is a set of rules that all members of a sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct.
The National Integrity Framework includes:
- The National Integrity Framework Policy
- The Child Safeguarding Policy
- The Competition Manipulation and Sports Wagering Policy
- The Member Protection Policy
- The Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy
- The Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy
These policies outline what types of behaviour are unacceptable in your sport – these behaviours are called Prohibited Conduct. Prohibited Conduct is an action that is a breach of a policy – for example, bullying is Prohibited Conduct under the Member Protection Policy.
Any person or organisation who breaches a policy may be Sanctioned. A Sanction could range from mandatory education to a ban from participating.
The Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy explains how complaints are assessed and people or organisations who have breached a National Integrity Framework policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.
In the past, complaints about someone’s behaviour were managed by the sport’s National Sporting Organisation, or State Sporting Organisation. Under the National Integrity Framework, Sport Integrity Australia will review all Complaints about behaviour which might be considered Prohibited Conduct under one of the policies.
Sport Integrity Australia will also make the decision about any Sanction to be imposed. This means the handling of integrity issues is done independent of the sport, which reduces the risk of any perceived conflict of interest and allows National Sporting Organisations to focus their time and efforts on running the sport.
What does it mean for me?
If you are a member of a sport that has signed up to the National Integrity Framework and someone behaves poorly by breaching one of the policies, you can make a Complaint about the breach to Sport integrity Australia. It also means that if you breach a National Integrity Framework policy, you could be Sanctioned.