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Anti-Doping policy

1. Position statement

The New South Wales ("NSW") government:

  1. recognises all athletes' right to participate in doping-free sport and supports the promotion of health, fairness and equality for all athletes participating in sport and recreation;
  1. condemns doping as defined by the World Anti-Doping Code, including; the use of prohibited substances, the possession and trafficking of prohibited substances and any action that assists, encourages, aids or abets the violation or attempted violation of anti-doping policies;
  1. supports harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national levels with regard to the detection, deterrence and prevention of doping; and
  1. expects all NSW State Sporting Organisations ("SSOs") to develop and/or adopt anti-doping policies and practices in accordance with this policy and the policies of their national parent bodies and leagues (as applicable).

2. Recognition of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is recognised as Australia's National Anti-Doping Organisation ("NADO") under the World Anti-Doping Program.

The NSW government recognises the roles of ASADA, including:

  1. adopting and implementing anti-doping rules and policies;
  1. cooperating with other relevant organisations;
  1. directing the testing of athletes and management of test results; and
  1. promoting anti-doping education and research.

3. Education

The NSW government:

  1. recognises the importance of information and education as measures to counter violations or attempted violations of anti-doping policies;
  1. recognises, supports and will, as far as practicable, cooperate with the education and information sharing initiatives of ASADA; and
  1. expects all NSW SSOs to support the education and information sharing initiatives of ASADA and the NSW government through the dissemination of information to their members, and the provision of information to ASADA.

4. State sporting organisations

The NSW government expects all NSW SSOs to:

  1. act in accordance with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act (2006) and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping  Authority Regulations (2006)) as amended;
  1. adhere to this anti-doping policy; and
  1. recognise, support and cooperate with the education and information sharing initiatives of ASADA and the NSW government.

In addition, the NSW government requires each NSW SSO in receipt of funding from the NSW government to:

  1. adhere to, and enforce as necessary, the anti-doping policy developed and/or adopted by the SSO's national parent body or league (as applicable); and
  1. publish their anti-doping policy on its website, and provide the NSW Government with a copy upon request.

5. Sanctions

The NSW government:

  1. endorses and will recognise sanctions imposed by relevant sporting bodies on applicable persons for anti-doping rule violations;
  1. expects NSW SSOs to recognise and uphold sanctions imposed on their members by their national or international parent body or league;
  1. reserves the right to reduce or withdraw any financial or other assistance provided by the NSW government to any NSW SSO which has breached this policy, or otherwise has been sanctioned by ASADA, or its national or international parent body or league.

The NSW government will not provide an avenue of appeal for any individual or organisation subject to a sanction imposed under an anti-doping policy.

6. Definitions

Unless the context suggests or requires otherwise the NSW government recognises the definitions set out in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act (2006) and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations (2006) as amended.

For further information please refer to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority


Document identity

Title: Anti-Doping Policy Version: V.2017
Approved date: May 17 Approver: Chief Executive
Review: Every 3 years Next review: June 2020