What is sport integrity?

Sport is an Australian way of life. It brings people together, regardless of any differences in language, ability, culture and beliefs, and provides physical, social and economic benefits.
It is critical that we keep paddling, both as a sport and recreation, safe and fair, for everyone who participates.

Threats to sports integrity include things like illicit drug use, doping, competition-manipulation and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse.
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, fair and inclusive environment.
Paddle Australia takes integrity seriously.

All our members and participants have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of sport, as well as the health and wellbeing of people who participate.
We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the national agency established to protect sport against integrity threats. For more information visit the Sport Integrity Australia website.
To provide sports at all levels with guidance in the integrity space, Sport Integrity Australia has developed, and Paddle Australia has adopted a suite of 6 policies under the National Integrity Framework.

Each policy covers Definitions, Jurisdiction, Prohibited Conduct and Obligations. The items Prohibited Conduct and Obligations are important as they detail the behaviours and expectations placed on participants and organisations.

Reporting integrity issues

Everyone from athletes, paddlers, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport.

In June 2022, Paddle Australia signed up to the National Integrity Framework, which provides a suite of integrity policies developed by Sport Integrity Australia, coupled with an independent complaint handling process. This means that from 1 July 2022, concerns or complaints about alleged integrity breaches can be reported directly to Sport Integrity Australia by filling out the webform on the Sport Integrity Australia website or calling the SIA hotline on 1300 027 232.

Paddle Australia will continue to handle all non-National Integrity Framework related matters, such as Selection Policy Disputes. We have developed a set of complementary policies, also effective from 1st July 2022.

Education, resources and awareness

When it comes to sport integrity, it is critical that our paddlers and support personnel are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep participants informed. Click Here for more information.

National Integrity Framework

Paddle Australia seeks to take a proactive approach to mitigate the integrity threats to paddling in Australia and to provide a safe, fair, and trustworthy environment for all Participants at all levels and disciplines of paddling.

The National Integrity Framework is one of Paddle Australia’s responses to the threats to the integrity of paddling and sets out the broad expectations for the conduct of all Participants in paddling, including procedures for managing, reporting, investigating and determining potential breaches of its Integrity Policies.

Click Here to view the National Integrity Framework

Anti-Doping Policy

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

  • information about supplements
  • applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption
  • submitting Whereabouts information
  • information about athlete testing

Click Here to view the Anti-Doping Policy

Member Protection Policy

Paddle Australia is committed to ensuring that everyone involved with paddling is treated with respect and dignity and is protected from abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, unlawful discrimination, victimisation, and vilification.

This Policy seeks to ensure that everyone involved in paddling is aware of their rights and responsibilities. This Policy sets out the standards of behaviour expected of those involved in paddling and the behaviours that are not acceptable.

Click Here to view Member Protection Policy

Child Safeguarding Policy

Participation in sport should be safe for all. We are committed to ensuring that people in sport, including children, are treated with respect dignity and are protected from bullying, discrimination, harassment or abuse.

The Child Safeguarding and Member Protection highlight the important legal and governance responsibilities in relation to child safety and member protection.

Click Here to view the Child Safeguarding Policy

Click Here to view the Child Safeguarding South Australian Addendum

Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy

Manipulating sports competitions, commonly known as ‘match-fixing’ is when someone alters a sporting competition to remove the unpredictable nature of the competition to obtain an undue advantage, or benefit.

People are motivated to manipulate competitions for a variety of reasons such as to get a better draw in a round-robin tournament (often referred to as tanking) or to avoid relegation to a lower competition. Another reason people manipulate competitions is to profit through betting markets by underperforming intentionally.

Click Here to view the Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy

Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy

The improper use of drugs and medicine in sport, including the use of supplements and the provision by unqualified and unauthorised people are a risk to the health of athlete and the integrity of sport.

To counter these risks, we have put in place an Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy which ensures:

  • Medical practitioners working in our sport are accredited and qualified to fulfil their duties
  • Medicines are used in appropriate ways
  • Safe use of supplements which comply with the World Anti-Doping Code
  • Illegal drug use is prohibited in our sport

Click Here to view the Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy

Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

Our Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy sets out the process for resolving complaints arising from a breach of an eligible policy.

Complaints in relation to breaches under the National Integrity Framework will be managed independently by Sport Integrity Australia.

Click Here the view the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

Lodging a Complaint

Below are some simple tips to remember when considering lodging a complaint with Sport Integrity Australia.

  • Anyone can make a complaint.
  • Complaints help us take action against people who aren’t upholding the integrity standards of our sport. By speaking up – you are protecting all other people around you.
  • Only complaints relating to alleged breaches of prohibited conduct under the National Integrity Framework can be submitted to Sport Integrity Australia.
  • Complaints can only be actioned by Sport Integrity Australia if the person who allegedly committed the behaviour is bound by our sport (that is they must have agreed to be bound by the policy via membership or agreement).
  • Complaints can only be actioned by Sport Integrity Australia if the alleged conduct occurred after 1 July 2022.
  • Complaints relating to selection, governance, personal grievances, whistleblower or code of conduct are not covered under the National Integrity Framework. Complaints of this nature, and any queries regarding the National Integrity Framework can be submitted to integrity@paddle.org.au


To report a breach of an integrity policy, submit directly to Sport Integrity Australia via:

For all other complaints, report directly to Paddle Australia Integrity Manager: