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ASC, NISU, Basketball Australia, help ramp up integrity in sport

08 Aug 2017

Australian sport can look forward to significant improvements in their capacity for better integrity, following a successful pilot project developed by the ASC’s Sports Governance and Business Capability Branch (SGBC) and the National Integrity in Sport Unit (NISU) with Basketball Australia (BA).

The pilot project emerged after BA was alerted to the potential dangers the sport faced from sports betting, especially with regards to semi-professional and amateur competitions.

BA approached the ASC's Culture and Leadership team within SGBC and the NISU to develop an integrity framework. Now completed, the framework incorporates values, principles and a code of conduct that will guide BA’s operations and it will be implemented with clear communication strategies to educate BA personnel. It also implements a robust set of reporting, investigatory and sanctioning provisions to deal with conduct that is likely to be detrimental to the integrity of the sport or behaviour that brings the game into disrepute.

The framework sets the broad expectations for the conduct of all participants in basketball, but also incorporates policies to regulate behaviour and ensure action can be taken against those who fail to adhere to behavioural standards and expose the sport to undue risk.

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