- educate people about the dangers of doping to both their health and sporting careers
- inform people about their anti-doping rights and responsibilities
- deter people from doping, and
- identify and sanction those who dope, whether inadvertently or not.
This plan outlines the work we will do to protect the health of athletes and the integrity of sport in Australia over the next four years.
- a world-class anti-doping programme based on the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and associated International Standards and ASADA’s legislated responsibilities
- contemporary financial and governance practices that fulfil our obligations as a Commonwealth entity
- commitment to the Australian Public Service Values set out in the Public Service Act 1999
- adherence to the Australian Government Investigations Standards.
- design and deliver education and communications programmes
- detect and manage anti-doping rule violations, from testing through to presenting cases at hearings and appeals
- collect and analyse anti-doping intelligence, and conduct investigations of possible breaches of the anti-doping rules
- monitor and report on sports’ compliance with anti-doping policies
- support athletes to meet their anti-doping obligations.
This plan has been developed in the context of the threat doping poses to sport. Doping is a global issue and increasingly sophisticated, and there is increased public interest in anti-doping activities.
There is an international push to move beyond drug testing as the only way of detecting doping. The use of intelligence and investigations is now a primary focus; however there is also an increase in legal challenges to these investigations.
Anti-doping has become part of a wider response to issues with integrity in sport. We are building on our relationships with law enforcement and government agencies. We will align our systems with those used by our international counterparts.
To achieve this, ASADA conducts anti-doping activities encompassing engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement.
Strengthening relationships internally and externally to build anti-doping capabilities and sharing of information.
Minimising the risk of doping through education, communications and testing.
Gathering intelligence, targeted testing, and investigation of possible breaches of the anti-doping rules.
Managing possible anti-doping violations and presenting cases at hearings and appeals.
ASADA conducts these activities within the framework of its risk-based anti-doping methodology.
We will assess our performance annually against activities in this plan by measuring the following:
|Performance Measures||2015-16 target||How will we measure this?|
Percentage of national sporting organisations, athletes and support personnel satisfied with anti-doping education and awareness raising programmes
|80-85%||Survey of participants in ASADA education activities|
|Percentage of sporting organisations, athletes and support personnel aware of ASADA legislation and the Code||80-85%||Annual ASADA stakeholder research questionnaire|
|Percentage of athletes agreeing that ASADA’s education and information services had minimised their risk of an accidental breach of the anti-doping regulations||80-85%||Annual ASADA stakeholder research questionnaire|
|Number of ‘show cause’ notices issued to athletes or support personnel||5% increase on the
number issued in in the
|Information from ASADA’s case management system|
|Percentage of cases conducted by ASADA in tribunals that result in a finding of an anti-doping rule violation||80-85%||Information from ASADA’s case management system, published outcomes of cases|
The results will be published as part of the ASADA 2015–16 Annual Report.
In 2015–16, we will implement a risk-based anti-doping model that addresses the current challenges faced both internationally and domestically. We will focus on incorporating our expanded information-gathering and investigative powers into a holistic anti-doping programme. We will do this in an environment of constrained resources.
This will be supported through engagement with other agencies, including law enforcement, to build upon the cooperative framework necessary to identify possible anti-doping rule violations.
In the lead up to major sporting events, such as the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, ASADA will contribute to protecting the integrity of Australian sport. This will include:
- an intelligence led, comprehensive test plan
- storage of selected samples in a long-term storage facility
- induction and support to athletes to help them meet their whereabouts obligations
- education for athletes and support personnel.
We regularly review our workforce to ensure we have the mix of skills and experience necessary to deliver our anti-doping programme. In 2015–16, our focus in recruitment will be on:
- education – to enable us to extend the variety and reach of our educational services
- intelligence – to enable us to form stronger relationships with bodies working in the integrity area
- investigations – so that we have greater capacity to investigate possible anti-doping rule violations.
ASADA is committed to a comprehensive, coordinated and systematic approach to managing risk. We will help managers anticipate uncertain events, make the most of opportunities and respond appropriately to potential weaknesses.
We establish and maintain appropriate systems of risk oversight, management and internal controls in accordance with section 16 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Risk Management Policy.
In our operations, we adopt a risk-based anti-doping model focussing on aligning doping risk assessments with intervention strategies as outlined above.