Foreword from the CEO
I am pleased to present the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s (ASADA) self-assessment report on the Agency’s 2017–18 performance against the Regulator Performance Framework.
The Regulator Performance Framework aims to encourage regulators to undertake their functions with the minimum impact necessary to achieve regulatory objectives. The Regulator Performance Framework allows regulators to report objectively on the outcomes of their efforts to administer regulation fairly, effectively and efficiently. This report demonstrates how we see ourselves performing against the framework’s measures when interacting with our stakeholders, while in the performance of our functions.
In the sophisticated global doping environment we are fully aware that administering the technicalities of anti-doping legislation is not enough. ASADA is focused on educating all Australians that the organisation is more than a testing agency, however, this can only be achieved through direct engagement and education with our stakeholders.
During 2017–18, ASADA worked on drafting and implementing our new operating model, ‘The Future’. ‘The Future’, implemented 1 July 2018, delivers an innovative and holistic anti-doping program that builds on and improves the existing capability of ASADA to anticipate, understand and respond to doping threats that potentially undermine the integrity of sport in Australia. ‘The Future’ is based on three pillars which are mutually supportive and together will achieve ASADA’s core business of clean, fair sport and protecting the health of Australian athletes. They are:
- Enhanced engagement and partnerships
- Enhanced intelligence
- Enhanced education and awareness
‘The Future’ model has been designed in consultation with our key stakeholders and will address some of the results in ASADA’s 2017–18 Regulator Performance Framework, in particular, stakeholders ability to provide input into ASADA processes (key performance measures 2.2 and 5.2).
ASADA is in the process of establishing an Athlete’s Advisory Group (AAG). The AAG will inform ASADA’s strategic direction and help shape education strategies with athletes who understand their environment and the pressures of sport better than anyone. ASADA believes establishing a group of current and former athletes, sports support staff and sports physicians to advise ASADA will provide us with a better understanding of the sporting environment and the perspectives of athletes.
A renewed focus of ASADA under the new operating model is compliance. A review of ASADA aims to enhance compliance through greater engagement, partnerships and targeted education with our stakeholders. ASADA wants to work with sports in the anti-doping fight. A significant increase in our partnerships with sports is seen as the best way to help sports combat doping and promote compliance. A newly developed Strategic Risk Assessment (SRA) has been developed. The SRA is a new way to arrive at the sport’s risk profiles and to ensure ASADA resources are applied to national sporting organisations where there is greater risk of doping, allowing less resourced sports additional assistance to address issues in their sports.
The ASADA Clean Fair Sport App was updated in early 2018. The update provided our stakeholders with a convenient and efficient way to report doping anonymously. The update provided users access to additional educational material such as the health effects of doping. The ASADA Clean Fair Sport has now been downloaded over 10,000 times and is available to our stakeholders whenever they need it.
Our regulatory role matures as we gain a deeper understanding of our stakeholders and of the impact of our activities. To assist in our understanding of the current environment and demands that we are placing on stakeholders, ASADA will be hosting a series of workshops and forums in 2018–19 involving all sports with anti-doping polices. To gauge our impact we actively seek feedback through surveys. We survey our clients annually to understand what they think about our performance, the most recent survey ran in August and September 2018 with a total of 3,256 stakeholders responding to questions about staff performance, regulatory burden and preferred communication channels.
We are pleased with the results in this report as they demonstrate our commitment to good regulatory practice, which is endorsed through the positive feedback received from our regulated stakeholders. By adapting to changes in our, and our stakeholders’ operating environment, we will always be presented with opportunities to improve the way we apply our regulatory mandate for the betterment of clean, fair sport and protecting the health of Australian athletes.