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. For more information visit the Sport Integrity Australia website.
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!
Skate Australia has opted-in to the independent complaints handling process for integrity-related issues run by Sport Integrity Australia.
From 1 May 2022, 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.
OUR INTEGRITY RULES
Our Integrity Rules
We take sport integrity seriously and have the following policies in place:
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
submitting Whereabouts information
information about athlete testing
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 Sports Wagering
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 & Sports Wagering Fact Sheet.
Click here for information to help 13-17 year old’s understand Competition Manipulation and Sports Wagering Policy.
Click here to view our Competition Manipulation & Sports Wagering 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.
Breaches of Integrity Policies
All alleged breaches in relation to our National Integrity Framework such as child safeguarding matters, doping matters and discrimination related to protected characteristics will be managed under the our Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy. This sets out the process for resolving complaints arising from a breach of an eligible policy.
Complaints in relation to breaches under the National Integrity Framework will be managed independently by Sport Integrity Australia - see the Complaints Process Step by Step.
Check out the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy Fact Sheet for further information on how to make a complaint and to understand more about Prohibited Conduct.
Lodging a Complaint with Sport Integrity Australia
Below are some simple tips to remember when considering lodging a complaint with Sport Integrity Australia.
Only complaints relating to allege breaches of prohibited conduct under the National Integrity Framework can be submitted to Sport Integrity Australia.
Complaints can only be actioned if the person who allegedly committed the behaviour is bound by our sport (i.e. they must have agreed to be bound by the policy via membership or agreement).
To report a breach of an integrity policy, submit directly to Sport Integrity Australia via:
Phone: 13 000 27232
Lodging a Complaint About Other Integrity Matters
Complaints relating to member protection matters, competition manipulation and sports gambling, selections, governance, personal grievances, whistleblower, code of conduct or social media behaviour are not covered under the National Integrity Framework. Complaints of this nature should be submitted to the level of the sport in which the conduct occurred in the first instance.
The Conduct and Disciplinary Policy sets out the process for resolving conduct and disciplinary disputes arising from an individual or organisation breaching an eligible policy.
For integrity enquiries and education opportunities please contact our National Integrity and Complaints Manager.