An initiative to keep Australian sport clean and free of cheating has launched with the introduction of Sports Integrity Australia [SIA].
Led by former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner and sport administrator David Sharpe, the SIA will bring together the current functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority [ASADA], the National Integrity of Sport Unit [NISU] in the Department of Health, as well as the nationally focused integrity functions of Sport Australia.
The aim of the SIA is to weed out cheating and unethical practices in Australian sport, such as doping, bullying and match fixing – the manipulation of sports gambling markets.
“This is another important step as we continue to drive reforms to stay ahead of the dopers, extortionists and cheats,” said Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck. “Australians love their sport but not the underhanded actions of those who seek to take advantage of it.
“From today, sporting organisations and athletes will have access to a single source of assistance and guidance under one roof. Athletes will benefit from having greater access to education on sports integrity issues and knowing they have an ‘even playing field’.
“Australian sports fans will benefit from knowing the sports they follow are protected from cheats. And all taxpayers benefit knowing the Government’s investment of nearly $300 million each year in sport is safe from dopers and cheats.”
The SIA was a recommendation of the Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements, commissioned in 2017, as part of the development of the Australian Government’s National Sport Plan.