INTEGRITY – PROTECTING HANDBALL TOGETHER
Sport should be a safe and fair place for all participants. At Handball Australia (HA)A offer a safe place for people to raise concerns about behaviour they’ve witnessed or experienced in sport as well as find more information if they have an integrity question.
Staying Safe -Your safety is our first concern
If you are in Australia and in immediate danger or at risk of harm, call your local law enforcement agency or dial triple zero (000).
What is sport integrity?
Threats to sports integrity can include competition manipulation and sports gambling, doping, the improper use of drugs and medicine and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse, including against children.
Integrity in sport means that participants, officials, supporters, and fans can participate in and enjoy sport, confident in the knowledge that they are part of a safe, fair, and inclusive environment.
All of our members and participants have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of sport, as well as the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.
We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the national coordination agency for sport integrity threats. For more information about Sport Integrity Australia visit its website.
How to raise a concern
Everyone from athletes, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport. Handball Australia works with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), to coordinate and manage complaints and reports. Complaints received will be evaluated and either managed by Handball Australia, referred to SIA or an appropriate external agency, or passed back to the complainant with suggested pathways for them to pursue where the Complaint is out of scope.
If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, say something! and an independent complaint handling process.
Raise a Concern
Contact our Complaints Managers via email@example.com
Questions about any integrity related matters can be directed to the HA Integrity Manager or Complaints Managers and Child Safeguarding issues to the Safeguarding Manager.
Name: Ruth Cunningham / Position: Chair HA Governance Committee
Email: via firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Scott Fearnside / Position: Safeguarding Contact
What is the National Integrity Framework?
We take sport integrity seriously and in July 2022, Handball Australia adopted the National Integrity Framework.
The National Integrity Framework is essentially a set of rules that all members of our sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct in sport. There are four core policies which make up the National Integrity Framework. These are:
- Safeguarding Children and Young People (pdf)
- Member Protection Policy (pdf)
- Improper Use of Drugs & Medicine Policy (pdf)
- Competition Manipulation and Sports Gambling Policy (pdf)
These core policies are underpinned by the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy, which explains how people who have breached a National Integrity Framework policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.
Other integrity policies
In addition to the National Integrity Framework policies, Handball Australia has the following integrity policies:
6. Code of Conduct (interim)
Who manages complaints?
As a member of a sport that has signed up to the National Integrity Framework, you can make a Complaint if you believe a fellow member has behaved poorly and potentially breached one of the policies.
If the Complaint is about Child Safeguarding or Discrimination, you can make the
Complaint to Sport Integrity Australia.
You can lodge a Child Safeguarding or Discrimination complaint to Sport Integrity Australia by making an integrity complaint or report.
If you would prefer to talk to someone at Sport Integrity Australia, assistance is available by calling 1300 027 232.
All other integrity complaints should be submitted to and will be managed by Handball Australia. Email our Complaints Manager via email@example.com.
Issues to Report to Sport Integrity Australia
Anything that may constitute Prohibited Contact under the Child Safeguarding Policy, or that may constitute discrimination based on a protected characteristic, should be reported to Sport Integrity Australia.
This includes conduct such as:
- Misconduct with a Child
- Sexual behaviour with or around a child
- Shaming, humiliating or belittling a child
- Causing a child physical pain or discomfort
- Supplying of drugs or alcohol to a child
- Discrimination based on race or ethnicity, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, religion
- Doping (managed under the sport’s Anti-Doping Policy)
You can also report any prohibited contact under the Member Protection Policy, if it involved a Child.
To report Prohibited Conduct, visit making an integrity complaint or report.
Issues to Report to your sport
Your sport will manage complaints on all other National Integrity Framework matters, as well as continuing to manage complaints on non-NIF issues.
This includes conduct such as:
- Sexual Misconduct
- Match, race or competition fixing and other types of Competition Manipulation
- Supplying of information for the purposes of gambling
- Betting by members on their own sport
- Unlawful use of over the counter or prescription drugs
- Inappropriate use of provision of supplements
- Use, possession or trafficking of illegal drugs
- Concealing information about Prohibited Conduct
- Selection and eligibility disputes
- Competition rules disputes
- Code of Conduct breaches
- Social Media Policy breaches
- Governance misconduct
- Employment disputes
- Complaints that are solely a Personal Grievance
- Whistleblower disclosure
- Any conduct that occurred before 19/2/2024
- Other HA policies
Email our HA Complaints Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other support pathways
SAFE SPORT HOTLINE
1800 161 361
7AM-7PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR
The Safe Sport Hotline is part of an expanded service offered to members of sport to share their story with a trusted member of the Sport Integrity Australia team about integrity issues they have experienced.
The service includes an anonymous reporting capability that covers wider racial and cultural issues in sport for people who feel they have been discriminated against in their sport.
CONNECT WITH SUPPORT
If you, or someone you care about, is struggling with an issue it’s okay to reach out for support.
BULLYING IN SPORT
Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
ABUSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ONLINE
If you have a concern about abusive or inappropriate material online, you can also report it to the eSafety Commissioner for action. eSafety can investigate cyberbullying of children, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse (sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without the consent of the person shown) and illegal and restricted content.
EDUCATION & RESOURCES
When it comes to sport integrity, it is critical for everyone who is involved in sport, from grassroots to elite-level athletes, their parents, teachers, coaches, sport administration staff and support personnel, are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep everyone informed.it comes to sport integrity, it is critical that our athletes and support personnel are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep participants informed.
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy is designed to protect children and young people in sport by putting in place rules and processes to ensure sporting environments are inclusive, positive and safe for all children and young people, all the time. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and other resources. The Child Safe Contact at Handball Australia is: Name: Scott Fearnside / Email: email@example.com
MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY
The Member Protection Policy is designed to protect the welfare, wellbeing and health of everyone involved in sport. It provides clear definitions of abuse, bullying, harassment, discrimination, victimisation and vilification in sport, along with information on how to report these behaviours. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and other resources.
IMPROPER USE OF DRUGS AND MEDICINE POLICY
The Improper Use of Drugs and Medicines Policy is designed to protect athletes from harm caused by the improper use of medicines, supplements and illegal drugs. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and other resources.
COMPETITION MANIPULATION AND SPORT GAMBLING POLICY
The Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy is designed to keep sport fair by protecting sporting competitions from competition manipulation (also known as match-fixing) and associated betting activity. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and other resources.
COMPLAINTS, DISPUTES AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplines Policy (CDDP) provides sport and its participants with a best practice complaint management process that can be run by either Sport Integrity Australia or the sport. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and other resources.
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 persons, medical practitioners and parents.
PLAY BY THE RULES
Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.
eSAFETY COMISSIONER – eSAFETY SPORT HUB
Online abuse can significantly impact sport members and organisations. The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator and educator for online safety. eSafety provides guidance on online safety issues including cyberbullying, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse and illegal or restricted content. eSafety can help to get harmful online content removed if it meets the legal threshold for investigation.
The eSafety Sport hub provides resources to help the sports community including information on how to recognise online abuse and deal with online abuse in sport, as well as tailored advice for sports administrators, coaches and officials, and athletes and competitors.
STAY UP TO DATE
Keep up to date with all that is happening in sport integrity by following Sport Integrity Australia on Facebook, X, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or listen to On Side, the official podcast of Sport Integrity Australia.
You can also download the Sport Integrity App, which are available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
WHAT IS DOPING
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.
WHAT IS ANTI-DOPING
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.
ANTI-DOPING AND HANDBALL
Handball Australia takes a position of zero tolerance toward doping in sport and works closely with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) in Australia and the International Handball Federation (IHF) 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:
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING POLICY
Handball 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:
- Sport Integrity Australia complaint form; or
- Call 1300 027 232
EDUCATION, REOSURCES AND AWARENESS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.