The Australian Government has established the National Integrity of Sport Unit to provide national oversight, monitoring and coordination of efforts to protect the integrity of sport in Australia from threats of doping, match-fixing and other forms of corruption.
The National Integrity of Sport Unit defines sports integrity as:
“The manifestation of the ethics and values which promote community confidence in sports, including:
- fair and honest performances and outcomes, unaffected by illegitimate enhancements or external interests; and
- positive conduct by athletes, administrators, officials, supporters and other stakeholders, on and off the sporting arena, which enhances the reputation and standing of the sporting contest and of sport overall.
What is match-fixing in sport
Match-fixing: irregularly influencing the course or result of a sports event in order to obtain advantage for oneself or for others and to remove all or part of the uncertainty normally associated with sport.
What is doping in sport
Doping: the occurrence of one or more of the eight anti-doping rule violations specified in the World Anti-Doping Code.
Ensuring Australian sport is protected
On 10 June 2011, all Australian sports ministers endorsed on behalf of their governments, a National Policy on Match-fixing in Sport (the National Policy) with the aim of protecting the integrity of Australian sport.
The National Policy, which is strongly welcomed by sporting codes and the betting industry, is underpinned by a nationally consistent legislative approach, strong links between governments, major sports, betting operators and law enforcers, and international collaboration.
On 11 February 2011 all Australian sports ministers endorsed on behalf of their governments, an updated National Anti-Doping Framework with the aim of aligning domestic anti-doping efforts in Australia through a set of agreed principles, alongside clearly identified areas for cooperation between all Australian governments.
Australia's anti-doping arrangements give effect to our international obligations under the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport (the UNESCO Convention). The UNESCO Convention requires States Parties to implement arrangements that are consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). The Code provides the framework for harmonised anti doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities.