In September 2022, the Triathlon NSW Board formally adopted the National Integrity Framework (NIF).
As such, the NIF will now come into effect for all Triathlon NSW members immediately.
To support clubs and members with the implementation, a number of ‘virtual’ sessions will be conducted, allowing the volunteers who run the clubs that keeps our sport alive a chance to hear more, understand their role in the process and what this change means for them. Information regarding this session will be communicated shortly.
Maintaining the integrity of the sport of triathlon in NSW is of the utmost importance to Triathlon NSW and this decision simply reaffirmed the organisations committed to protecting triathlon from integrity threats and safeguarding our participants.
The NIF is a suite of policies established by Sport Integrity Australia who then committed to working in partnership with sports to protect the integrity of Australian sport – from elite competition right through to the grassroots level. Triathlon NSW has been guided through this process by representatives at Sports Integrity Australia and Triathlon Australia’s recently appointed National Integrity Manager, Adam Kyle.
Triathlon NSW seeks to take a proactive approach to mitigate the integrity threats to triathlon in Australia and to provide a safe, fair, and trustworthy environment for all participants at all levels of triathlon.
The National Integrity Framework is one of Triathlon NSW’s responses to the threats to the integrity of triathlon and sets out the broad expectations for the conduct of all participants in triathlon, including procedures for managing, reporting, investigating and determining potential breaches of its Integrity Policies. The formal endorsement of the NIF also officially re-aligns the organisations policies with our national board Triathlon Australia.
The National Integrity Framework includes a suite of policies which can be found on the integrity page on our website:
- National Integrity Framework
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy
- Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy
- Member Protection Policy
- Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy
The Australian National Anti-Doping Policy sits alongside the National Integrity Framework.
At the heart of the National Integrity Framework is an independent and efficient complaints handling model whereby Sport Integrity Australia will be able to assess, investigate and manage complaints and disputes across areas such as member protection, child safeguarding and competition manipulation.
The Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy sets out the system for resolving complaints and administering disciplinary action arising from an individual or organisation engaging in prohibited conduct under the National Integrity Framework.
This independent process ensures that sport integrity related complaints are dealt with efficiently and effectively and that all involved are assured that prohibited conduct will be managed via the most appropriate resolution and discipline mechanism.
Members who have a concern or a complaint about an integrity-related matter under the National Integrity Framework, can submit their concern directly to Sport Integrity Australia.
Triathlon in Australia has long had the policies and mechanisms in place to protect participants and manage complaints that arise, with robust Member Protection Policies previously. But the National Integrity Framework elevates this to another level and we are confident that it will protect the integrity in the sport in NSW.
Triathlon NSW now encourages all members to familiarise themselves with the National Integrity Framework and in particular the Prohibited Conduct contained within each policy.
Detailed information regarding the National Integrity Framework, Triathlon Australia / NSW Integrity Policies, Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, Sport Integrity Australia and information on how to report an integrity concern or issue to Sport Integrity Australia can be found on the Triathlon NSW website.
Sport Integrity Australia also provides a number of online e-Learning education courses to ensure all Triathlon NSW Members and support personnel understand their individual obligations under the National Integrity Framework as well as in the Anti-Doping area. Sport Integrity Australia online e-Learning education courses can be located here on the Sport Integrity Australia website.