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Swimming National Integrity Framework

Swimming Australia’s National Integrity Framework applies to all Activities organised or authorised by Swimming Australia or a Member Organisation.

What is sport integrity?

Integrity in sport means that athletes, supporters and fans can participate and celebrate sport, confident in the knowledge that they are part of a safe, ethical and inclusive environment.

Any threats to the integrity of sport (such as competition-manipulation, doping, and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse) are taken seriously by Swimming Australia.

Commitment statement

Swimming Australia and its Member Organisations remain fully committed to the protection of children, young people and all members in our sport and encourage swimming clubs throughout Australia to familiarise themselves with the policies and to raise the issue of child safety to everyone involved in their club.

We are committed to providing children and young people with positive and nurturing experiences and will strive to ensure that children and young people are protected from harm.

We aim to ensure that swimming is a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all participants.

Policies

The National Integrity Framework (NIF) is a set of rules that all members of our sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct in swimming including obligations to report misconduct. Those rules are contained in the following policies (available below):

  1. Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy
  2. Member Protection Policy
  3. Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy
  4. Competition Manipulation & Sports Gambling Policy
  5. Complaints, Disputes & Discipline Policy (CDDP)
  6. Code of Conduct

These policies will be in force from 1 January 2024.

The NIF allows complaints to be made either to Sport Integrity Australia (an independent government body) or to the Swimming Australia integrity team. The type of complaint will determine where the complaint should go.

Types of complaints and contactsTypes of complaints and contacts
SPORT INTEGRITY AUSTRALIASWIMMING AUSTRALIA
  • Complaints about child abuse including sexual, psychological, physical, verbal abuse
  • Member protection where complaints are based on characteristics including race, disability, sex, religion or age.

 

  • Misuse of drugs and medicines
  • Sports betting & race fixing
  • Breach of code of conduct eg responsible consumption of alcohol, use of social media, positive role model etc
  • Member protection where complaints are about bullying, harassment, intimidation

Resources for Clubs

Below is a poster, FAQ sheet and fact-sheet for clubs. We encourage clubs to print these for display and distribution their members and committees.

There are also many useful resources for clubs available on the Sport Integrity Australia website: https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/resources

These include:

National Integrity Framework

National Integrity Framework Factsheets

What is the NIF? (Fact sheet)
Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (Fact sheet)
Member Protection Policy (Fact sheet)
Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy (Fact sheet)
Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy (Fact sheet)
Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy (Fact sheet)
Prohibited Conduct (Fact sheet)

 

Safeguarding

> Resources – Safeguarding – For Children and Young People

How Your Sport Looks After Kids (7-12) (Fact sheet)
Your Rights At Sport (7-12) (Fact sheet)
Your Rights At Sport (13-17) (Fact sheet)
How Your Sport Looks After You (13-17) (Fact sheet)
How Your Sport Looks After All Its Participants (13-17) (Fact sheet)
How We Keep Your Competition Fair and Honest (13-17) (Fact sheet)
Protecting Your Sport from the Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine (13-17) (Fact sheet)

 

Complaints – see Making an integrity complaint or report | Sport Integrity Australia

Complaints, Disputes, and Discipline Policy Complaints Process: Step By Step (includes Process Flowchart) (Fact sheet)

 

Safeguarding

Children and Young People Safe Practices Do’s & Don’ts (Booklet)
Responding And Reporting to a Breach of Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (Fact sheet)
Recruitment and Screening of Staff and Volunteers in Child-Related Positions (Booklet)
Events Involving Overnight Stays (Booklet)
A Parents/Carers Guide to Selecting a Safe Sporting Club (Fact sheet)
Choosing A Safe Club Poster (Poster)
Organising Day Trips Involving Children and Young People in Sport (Booklet)
Safeguarding Considerations for Events Held in Public Areas (Booklet)
Transporting Children and Young People in Sport (Fact sheet)
Induction of New Volunteers and Staff Checklist (Checklist)
Recruitment and Screening Checklist (Checklist)
Day Trips & Competitions Checklist (Checklist)
How to Involve Children and Young People in Your Sporting Organisation (Booklet)
Child Protection Reporting Information (Fact sheet)

 

Reporting and Respectful Behaviours (scroll to the bottom of the page)

Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Hotline: Safe Fair Fun
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Hotline: Speak Up
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Children/Young People: Safe and Fun
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Children/Young People: Responsibility
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Discrimination: Seen Heard Say | Adult
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Discrimination: Seen Heard Say | Youth
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Discrimination: No Place | Adult
Reporting Integrity Issues Poster – Discrimination: No Place | Youth
Respectful Behaviours Poster
Respectful Behaviours Flyer
Respectful Behaviours: Be A Good Sport

 

Report an integrity matter

For integrity related maters please contact:

E: integrity@swimming.org.au

Lydia Dowse, National Integrity Manager
P: 0417 993 846

Scott Elliott, Complaints and Compliance Manager
P: 0474 485 023

Other relevant contacts for making a complaint to an authority outside Swimming Australia are:

SPORT INTEGRITY AUSTRALIA

https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/what-we-do/national-integrity-framework/making-integrity-complaint-or-report

The Safe Sport hotline number – 1800 161 361 – has been created by Sport Integrity Australia for members to share their story about issues they have experienced in swimming.

By speaking up you are protected under the Swimming Australia Speak Up Policy (below)