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SPORTS AND THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY FRAMEWORK

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Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) has created a new framework with new policy and process regarding all sport safeguarding & integrity issues in Australia called the National Integrity Framework (NIF). This government agency is a regulatory body under the Department of Health with offices currently based in Canberra, ACT.

Under the new NIF, the term MPIO (Membership Protection Information Officer) is not stated as SIA is now considered the first point of contact for all reports. Therefore, if you have any to make report you can either contact the SIA Integrity Hotline, or make a report through their online form.

 

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  • Historical Reporting Information

  • Sports currently signed up to the SIA NIF

  • Policy links and documents provided

HOTLINE: 1300 027 232

REPORT ONLINE: Webform

SPORTS: IMPLEMENTATION & ADOPTION

 

Participation of sports to be a part of this framework is voluntary or 'opt-in' at this time. National Sporting Organisation (NSO) board's must vote to 'ADOPT' the SIA NIF, however this does not automatically have the framework go into effect.  After a period of time coordinating and confirming with SIA and other relevant stakeholders; the NSO will then 'IMPLEMENT' the NIF and all policies will be available on their respective websites, with immediate effect. 

If a sport has not yet IMPLEMENTED and has only ADOPTED the NIF then reports are still be be handled under the sports current/prior policy. Once the sport has ADOPTED the NIF, then members are able to report directly to SIA through the reporting processes stated above. This is for all membership as a general membership protection, not just those in High Performance Programs. 

 

HISTORICAL & PRIOR COMPLAINTS/REPORTS

 

If your report is regarding an incident that occurred prior to date stated on your sports National Integrity Framework (NIF) policy, it will not be able to be investigated or managed by Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) unless directly invited by your sport to do so. Once SIA receives your report directly from you via the hotline or online reporting form, they will investigate or inform you of any issues around the report. 

See below the policy reference and information shared from the Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) Reporting webform:

NIF Policy Reference regarding Prior/Historical Complaints

Section 11.2 of the NIF Complaint, Disputes & Disclosures Policy states:

11.2   Prior complaints relating to conduct which occurred prior to the Commencement Date:

(a) must be dealt with under the policies and processes of or relevant Organisation existing at the time the complaint was made, regardless of where that Complaint is at in that process; 

(b) cannot be resubmitted to Sport Integrity Australia under this Policy; and

(c) are not subject to any appeal under this Policy.

Lodging a complaint regarding a sport not yet signed up to the NIF:

This sport is represented by a sporting organisation that has not implemented the National Integrity Framework. Sport Integrity Australia is not authorised to process complaints regarding an alleged breach of the policies this sport operates under. You need to submit your complaint to the sport and attempt to resolve the matter through the sport’s processes. You can submit a Report to Sport Integrity Australia about alleged Prohibited Conduct, however we are unable to pursue this matter through a complaint handling process. De-identified information provided in your report may be used to understand the nature of issues in Australian sport and to support the development of programs to prevent and better respond to integrity threats in sport.

Lodging a complaint if the incident occurred prior to the date the Sport signed up to the NIF:

SPORT X is represented by a sporting organisation that has implemented the National Integrity Framework and the commencement date was XX-XX-XXXX. Sport Integrity Australia is only authorised to process complaints about alleged Prohibited Conduct that occurred after this date.

Sport Integrity Australia is not authorised to process complaints regarding an alleged breach of the policies this sport operates under before the commencement date of the National Integrity Framework. You need to submit your complaint to the sport and attempt to resolve the matter through the sport’s processes. You can submit a Report to Sport Integrity Australia about alleged Prohibited Conduct, however we are unable to pursue this matter through a complaint handling process. De-identified information provided in your report may be used to understand the nature of issues in Australian sport and to support the development of programs to prevent and better respond to integrity threats in sport.

 

IS MY SPORT SIGNED UP TO THE NIF?

 

The list of sports that have signed up the National Integrity Framework (NIF) can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia Website. If your sport is not listed you will need to go to their website and look for their 'Policy' page. If you have issues finding this information or are unsure of the information provided, please do not hesitate to contact SLC.

 

NOTE:

Most sports who have SIGNED UP to the NIF seem to no longer have their prior Membership Protection Policy (MPP) on their website. We will work to collect the most recent policy prior to their commencement of the NIF for reference of those with historical disclosures/reports and update the information below. If the policies sourced are not the most recent prior to the adoption of the NIF, please contact us and supply the most up to date version. (Last Updated 26 May 2024)

See below where SIA Reporting is the first point of contact as they have signed up and implemented the NIF (links available).

SPORT
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
SPORT POLICY PAGE
HISTORICAL
08 - July - 2022
Prior Policy (TBC)
30 - Jun - 2022
Prior Policy (TBC)
01 - Mar - 2022
Prior Policy (NA)
In Progress
Prior Policy (TBC)
01 - July - 2022
Prior Policy (TBC)
01 - May - 2022
Prior Policy (TBC)
01 - July - 2022
NIF/Policy Page (TBC)
01 - Nov - 2023
Prior Policy (TBC)
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