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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.


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
  • 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)



> 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)



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




Doping is the use of substances or methods that are banned in sport. Doping is cheating because it gives one athlete an advantage over others. Doping is also extremely dangerous to your health and can destroy your reputation.


Anti-doping is a set of rules designed to protect athletes’ rights to participate in sport free of performance enhancing drugs.

It’s anti-doping that keeps sport fair and keeps the playing field level. When athletes choose not to dope, we say they compete clean.


Swimming Australia takes a position of zero tolerance toward doping in sport and works closely with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) in Australia and World Aquatics internationally to ensure a drug-free environment in our sport.

Anti-doping rules apply to all participants of our sport from elite to grassroots. All members must be aware of, and have a basic understanding of, their obligations regarding anti-doping. The Sport Integrity Australia website has a range of information and resources to assist, including:

Swimming Australia’s anti-doping policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective 1 January 2021, and can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website.

To report a breach of anti-doping rules, submit directly to Sport Integrity Australia via:



When it comes to anti-doping, it is critical that our athletes and their support personnel are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep participants informed.

Integrity eLearning 

Sport Integrity Australia eLearning offers several online courses relating to sport integrity, including doping, match-fixing, illicit drugs, and ethical decision-making courses. Specific anti-doping courses are also available for coaches, support personnel, medical practitioners and parents.

Athletes and support personnel who are required to complete online education can submit their ‘eLearning certificate’ to Swimming Australia’s Governance Operations Lead on edward.monley@swimming.org.au

 Sport Integrity app  

The Sport Integrity app is a one-stop shop for all sport integrity needs, designed with athletes in mind.

The app allows users to check whether their medications are banned in sport, find low-risk supplements to reduce their chance of testing positive, and check whether they need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). The app also provides direction on how to raise concerns about things like doping, child safeguarding or discrimination. It features further information on eLearning modules, whereabouts and testing information and gives users the opportunity to provide feedback to Sport Integrity Australia.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores.

Prohibited List of substances and methods 

The Prohibited List outlines the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport. It is updated annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Remember that individual products or brands are not named on the Prohibited List. Athletes should check the status of all medications on Global DRO before they use them.

Checking your substances 

Global DRO allows users to check whether the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines in Australia are permitted or prohibited in sport.

If an athlete requires use of a prohibited substance to treat a medical condition, the athlete needs to be aware of the TUE requirements. For more information on a TUE visit the Sport Integrity Australia website.

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:



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)