The anti-doping rules in Australia comply with those set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the organisation that defines the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).
There are eight ways in which an athlete or support person can breach the Code, or commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
In Australia, ASADA’s role is to conduct the Results Management Process and to present information to the independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel about a potential violation of the Code.
The independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel is made up of experts in the areas of sports medicine, sports law, clinical pharmacology, ethics and investigations. They assess the information presented to them, including information provided by the athlete, and then decide on:
The athlete is then given the opportunity to have a hearing before a sports tribunal. It is then up to the individual sport to sanction the athlete or support person.