Blog: ASADA works with sports to update anti-doping policies

12 December 2014

In 2015 the anti-doping policies of Australian sports will change to reflect the adoption of the revised World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

Australian sports are the custodians of the anti-doping rules for their sport and are responsible for adopting and applying policies consistent with the Code. Australian athletes rely on their sport’s anti-doping policy to protect their health, the integrity of the competition and their right to compete against clean athletes.

For a number of months we have been working with more than 110 sports to develop anti-doping policies that are compliant with the revised Code. Our aim is for Australian sports to adopt harmonised anti-doping policies so everyone is subject to the same rules. This will provide the consistency and clarity the sporting community needs to address the anti-doping challenges of the future.

While we are pleased that 52 sports have returned their anti-doping policies for our approval, we want to hear from the other sports and have asked that they get back to us soon with their policy.

ASADA’s efforts to update sports’ anti-doping policies are running in parallel with our legislative framework. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2014 recently passed through both houses of Parliament following the review by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. We anticipate that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2014 will be finalised in December.

We are planning to publish further information on our blog and on our website about the key changes to the Code. In the meantime, we have developed a 2015 Code specific learning update that is currently available at http://elearning.asada.gov.au/