Almost one Australian athlete tests positive from a supplement every month. Typically, these are not athletes at the elite level, who have the guidance of dieticians and strong support teams, but younger athletes or those at levels which have less support.

Below are policies, warnings and lists of prohibited supplements that all athletes should be familiar with and aware of. 

The Australian Government is working with National Sporting Organisations to develop a greater awareness of the dangers of illicit drugs and the impact they can have on our athletes and the broader community.

Through the Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) Program, the Government is supporting National Sporting Organisations to ensure Australian athletes, coaches and administrators have the education and support to make the right choices when it comes to illicit drugs. For more information and resources click here

The below are policies that all athletes should be aware of and familiar with.  

Swimming Australia's Policies

  • Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Policies
  • Supplement Warnings
  • Higenamine

    In November 2016, ASADA published an athlete warning on the banned substance Higenamine, following a spike in the number of detections. Since that time, six more Australian athletes have tested positive for Higenamine, bringing the total number of positives for that substance to 13 across nine different sports.

    ASADA has published an athlete warning about these ingredients. Full details available here

    Supplement Warning: Prohibited stimulants common in supplements (June 2014)

    Important athlete advisory regarding widely available supplements which contain prohibited stimulants.

    Read more here

    Supplement Warning: OxyElite Pro

    Can cause: Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building

    ASADA has received a warning which originally came from the United State Anti-Doping Agency. ASADA’s understanding of this specific supplement OxyELITE Pro is that it was banned by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in 2011 because it contained a prohibited ingredient.

  • HAN Supplement Information
  • Since 2011, ASADA is of the belief the supplement company may have changed the ingredient list which has resulted in the product being sold via the internet on Australian websites.

  • Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
  • A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance) which may be present during competition. Athletes may at times need to use a prohibited medication to treat a legitimate medical condition.

    A TUE is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance).

    TUEs are administered by the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC).

    TUE approval may protect athletes from receiving a sanction if a prohibited substance is found in their sample.

    If an athlete’s doctor has a question regarding the status of a substance, they should check the substance on the ASADA website, or call 13 000 27232, while the athlete is in their office.

    An exemption is only granted provided that there is no unfair advantage given to the athlete by taking the substance or using the method.

    ASADA has a wealth of information on therapeutic use exemptions which can be found here

    This will assist you to:

    • decide if you need a TUE?
    • decide if you need a TUE in-advance or retroactively?
    • with an explanation on what a retroactive TUE is
    • with identifying the medical evidence needed for common TUE applications

    TUE forms should be sent directly to ASDMAC for consideration.
    Ph: +61 (02) 6222 4283


    FINA Therapeutic Use Exemption

    This form is for all swimmers in the FINA Registered Testing Pool; and/or those swimmers who compete internationally at FINA sanctioned events. Only TUE forms from athletes on the FINA RTP list should be submitted to Swimming Australia: 

    Attention: Lynn Fowlie
    Swimming Australia Limited
    PO Box 176, Belconnen, ACT 2616
    Ph: +61 2 6214 3575


  • Athlete Whereabouts Information
  • WADA Whereabouts App for ANDROIDS & iPhones

    As part of its ongoing efforts to support athletes, the World Anti-Doping Agency has announced that its free ADAMS app for smartphones is now available on Android devices.

    Using their Android or iPhone, athletes can enter, check, and change their whereabouts details at any time with just a few clicks. Using mobile notifications, the app also helps the athletes to remember their obligations to submit whereabouts, including the relevant deadlines to do so.



    FINA Registered Testing Pool Athletes (International RTP)

    All swimmers in the international RTP are required to submit their whereabouts information to FINA including:

    • Permanent mailing address
    • Residential address
    • One-hour testing time
    • Regular training schedule, including times and locations

    Swimming Australia will notify a swimmer of their inclusion in FINA's RTP prior to the start of every quarter.

    Athletes are required to submit their whereabouts to FINA using the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS)

    Submit your ADAMS whereabouts now:

    Online version

    Download the iPhone app

    Download the Android app

    ADAMS Quick Reference Guide for Athletes

    ADAMS User Guide for Athletes


    ASADA Registered Testing Pool Athletes (Domestic RTP).

    All swimmers in ASADA's RTP are required to provide accurate and up-to-date information on their whereabouts. Athletes on the domestic RTP will be informed in writing by ASADA and given an outline on how to provide location information using the ADAMS system.

    Read the ASADA Whereabouts Policy

    If you require any assistance with ANY whereabouts issues or ideas on how to remain compliant, you can contact ASADA directly for help

    As a refresher, make sure you check out the ASADA website for ADAMS hints and tips

    Important Contacts:

    • FINA Whereabouts
    • ASADA Whereabouts
      P: 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232) If calling from outside Australia call: +61 2 6222 4200
    • ADAMS Technical Helpdesk (based in Canada)
      P: +1 514 904 8800
      SMS last minute whereabouts changes:  +44 7781 480710
      (They will appear on your calendar as an attachment.)

    Summary of Key Suggestions

    • Set a phone alarm to remind you to check that you will be where you need to be for your designated time slot
    • Save the Whereabouts SMS number in your phone, make sure the service is activated in your ADAMS profile
    • Ask close friends and family to remind you to update, especially in the off-season or if on holiday
    • Ensure friends and family are aware of your obligations as an athlete in the RTP
    • Print a copy of your ADAMS calendar for those who may need to be aware, such as coaches
    • Contact Swimming Australia if you need help. Please contact Lynn Fowlie or Mark Osborne for assistance
    • Submit Whereabouts information ahead of the submission deadline as this gives to time to address any technical issues if you happen to experience them
    • Keep on top of updating Whereabouts information, as a pattern of last-minute Whereabouts updates could damage the chances of receiving a reduced sanction after a Whereabouts violation
    • Make sure up-to-date email and phone numbers are saved in your ADAMS profile so reminders can be sent to you regarding submitting Whereabouts.


The World Anti-Doping Agency

  • 2019 Prohibited List
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the following prohibited substances and methods. It is vital that athletes familiarise themselves with the following information to ensure they are WADA compliant.  



  • Get Educated
  • ASADA is tasked to implement initiatives that increase the skills and knowledge of people involved in sporting activities about anti-doping matters. 

    For more information and to register for an account, visit

  • ASADA App
  • Almost one Australian athlete tests positive from a supplement every month. Typically, these are not athletes at the elite level, who have the guidance of dieticians and strong support teams, but younger athletes or those at levels which have less support.
    Historically, ASADA’s advice to athletes has always been to simply not take any supplements, however, evidence shows that many athletes still use them – either of their own accord, or under the guidance of their support personnel. To help ensure athletes do not take high-risk supplements, we have recently launched the ASADA Clean Sport mobile and tablet app.
    The ASADA Clean Sport App has been designed with athletes in mind.
    The App gives a complete list of all supplements sold in Australia that have been screened for prohibited substances by an independent laboratory. These cannot give athletes a 100% safety guarantee but does significantly lower the risk of a positive test. For non-tested supplements, the App gives athletes access to a quiz to assess the risk posed by highlighting key risk factors.

    The App can also be used to report doping, check if a medication is banned in sport, give ASADA feedback on testing missions, and complete online education modules.

    Download the App
    iTunes App store
    Google Play Store
    For more information about Antidoping, check out ASADA

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