Sport is an Australian way of life. It brings people together, transcending differences in language, ability, culture and beliefs, and provides physical, social and economic benefits.
Threats to sports integrity include competition-manipulation, doping, and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse. Integrity in sport means that athletes, supporters and fans can participate and celebrate sport, confident in the knowledge that they are part of a safe, ethical and inclusive environment.
Skate Australia takes integrity seriously.
All our members have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of sport, as well as the health and wellbeing of our athletes.
We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the national agency established to protect sport against integrity threats and prohibited conduct.
For more information check out:
Safe Sport Hotline: 1800 161 361
Enquiries: 1300 027 232
The SIA general helpline is available to assist people with queries about education, substance information, therapeutic use exemptions and whereabouts.
People can also call the general helpline to enquire about the complaint process or discuss their ongoing integrity complaint.
Reporting Integrity Issues
Everyone from athletes, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport.
If you see something, say something!
On 1 May 2022, Skate Australia adopted the National Integrity Framework and opted into the independent complaints handling process for integrity-related issues run by Sport Integrity Australia that relate to doping, discrimination and safeguarding children and young people.
Concerns or complaints about alleged breaches of our National Integrity Framework can be reported directly to Sport Integrity Australia through the following methods:
Filling in a formal complaint or reporting a concern through the form on the Sport Integrity Australia website
Phoning 13 000 27232
Completing the ‘report an issue’ form in the Sport Integrity App. This can be anonymous if you choose.
Please view the Reporting Integrity Matters page for more information on how to submit a complaint.
OUR INTEGRITY RULES
Our Integrity Rules
We take sport integrity seriously and have the following policies in place. The National Integrity Framework is essentially a set of rules that all members of our sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct in sport. There are four core policies that make up the National Integrity Framework. These are:
These core policies are underpinned by the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy, which explains how people who have breached a National Integrity Framework Policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.
All policies and guidelines can be found here.
Anti-doping rules apply to all participants of our sport from elite down to grassroots. All members must be aware of, and have a basic understanding of, their obligations regarding anti-doping. The Sport Integrity Australia website has a range of information and resources to assist, including:
information about supplements
applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption
information about athlete testing
The World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) updates and publishes the Prohibited List each year.
This list is the International Standard that outlines:
The substances and methods that are prohibited in- and out-of-competition.
The sports in which the substances and methods are prohibited.
The Prohibited List is approved by WADA’s Executive Committee in September of each year and published three months before it comes into effect on 1 January.
Read more on the WADA website:
Checking your Substances
Global DRO allows users to check whether the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines in Australia are permitted or prohibited in sport.
If an athlete requires use of a prohibited substance to treat a medical condition, the athlete needs to be aware of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) requirements. For more information on a Therapeutic Use Exemptions visit Sport Integrity Australia’s website.
How to Check your Supplements on the SIA App
There are potential pitfalls for athletes around the use of supplements in sport. Following are resources developed specific to supplements to help athletes and support personnel.
Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine
The improper use of drugs and medicine in sport, including the use of supplements and the provision by unqualified and unauthorised people are a risk to the health of athlete and the integrity of sport.
To counter these risks, we have put in place an Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy which ensures:
Medical practitioners working in our sport are accredited and qualified to fulfil their duties
Medicines are used in appropriate ways
Safe use of supplements which comply with the World Anti-Doping Code
Illegal drug use is prohibited in our sport
For more information, check out the Improper Use of Drugs and Medicines Fact Sheet.
Click here for information to help 13-17 year old’s understand the Improper Use of Drugs and Medicines Policy.
Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling
Manipulating sports competitions, commonly known as ‘match-fixing’ is when someone alters a sporting competition to remove the unpredictable nature of the competition to obtain an undue advantage, or benefit.
People are motivated to manipulate competitions for a variety of reasons such as to get a better draw in a round-robin tournament (often referred to as tanking) or to avoid relegation to a lower competition. Another reason people manipulate competitions is to profit through betting markets by underperforming intentionally.
In most Australian states and territories, the manipulation of sporting competitions can result in a criminal conviction and up to ten years in jail. Participants of a sport involved in manipulating competitions will also likely face a long ban from sport. More information can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website.
For more information, check out the Competition Manipulation & Sport Gambling Fact Sheet.
Click here for information to help 13-17 year old’s understand Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy.
Click here to view our Competition Manipulation & Sport Gambling Policy.
Some people try to dishonestly change the result of a sporting competition, or certain parts of it, for the wrong reasons. Sport should be an honest contest, which follows rules to determine a fair outcome – win, loss or tie. Following are resources developed to highlight issues about competition manipulation and sport wagering.