Australian Government response - Practice of Sports Science in Australia

The Australian Government response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report:Practice of Sports Science in Australia.

Page last updated: 30 November 2016

On 16 May 2013, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee commenced an inquiry into the practice of sports science in Australia with particular regard to:

a. the scope of practice, accreditation and regulation arrangements for the profession
b. the role of boards and management in the oversight of sports scientists inside sporting organisations
c. the duty of care of sports scientists to athletes, and the ethical obligations of sports scientists in relation to protecting and promoting the spirit of sport
d. avenues for reform or enhanced regulation of the profession and
e. any other related matter.

The Inquiry was precipitated by the February 2013 release of the then Australian Crime Commission (ACC) report ‘Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport’ which implicated high performance staff, sports scientists and coaches in the administration of prohibited substances and substances not approved for human consumption to players.

The Committee tabled its Report in July 2013.

Consistent with the recommendations of the Committee, the Government has waited until the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation into anti doping rule violations in Australia’s major professional sports had substantively concluded before tabling its response to the Inquiry.
The Government Response to the Senate Inquiry into the Practice of Sport Science was tabled in the Parliament on 30 November 2016.

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