Integrity Guidelines

The ASC released the Integrity Guidelines for directors and leaders of sporting organisations in May 2016. The document provides support for sports and professional clubs to strengthen integrity frameworks and address issues confronting sports. It includes a practical roadmap across key issues such as anti-doping, illicit drugs, match fixing, member protection and sports-science sports-medicine. The ASC, along with its partners the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU), is developing further resources to complement the new guidelines, including an e-learning module and staging a series of integrity forums.

Governance Reform in Sport

In June 2016 the ASC released the second wave of governance reform which calls for sports to take a unified approach to behaviours, processes and supporting systems. Released following extensive national consultation and feedback, the reforms are aimed at improving commercial outcomes and building trust and cohesion across national and state sporting organisations, State/Territory Department of Sport and Recreation (SDSR) and the ASC. Building on extensive governance improvements led by the ASC in the past three years, the reform process will focus first on Olympic and Commonwealth Games sports.

Gender Equity and Travel Policies

The ASC is committed to the fair recognition and reward of elite female athletes and in early 2016 wrote to 30 NSOs to highlight progress in women’s sport and call for continued support and growth. With the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Minister for Sport, the ASC advised sports of new requirements to have gender equitable travel policies and travel arrangements for attendance at major international sporting events, ensuring that female athletes receive the same travel standard as male athletes. The ASC has received a positive response from NSOs, many of which already practice gender equitable travel policies, and continues to work with sports to further improve all gender equality and the promotion of female participation in sport. Compliance with new travel obligations will be tracked through the Annual Sports Performance Review (ASPR).