Target Rifle Australia Ltd. formally adopted Sport Integrity Australia’s National Integrity Framework at the December 2022 Board Meeting.
The two suites of policy documents (National Integrity Framework and National Sports Tribunal) come into effect as of 1st February 2023.
The policy documents and associated resources can be downloaded from the TRA Ltd Website here: Policies – Target Rifle Australia
Sports Integrity Australia has also produced a variety of resources to assist with the implementation of the policies. These can also be found using the link above.
All Member Organisations, Affiliated Clubs and Members are advised to familiarise themselves with the policies and procedures as soon as practically possible.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY FRAMEWORK?
The National Integrity Framework is a suite of policies adopted by TRA Ltd. which will set out rules for unacceptable behaviour in our sport and change the way Complaints about breaches of these rules are managed.
The Framework was developed by the independent government agency Sport Integrity Australia to keep our sport safe and fair.
The 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 our sport.
The six policies which make up the National Integrity Framework are:
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Member Protection Policy
- Improper Use of Drugs & Medicines Policy
- Competition Manipulation and Sports Wagering Policy
- National Integrity Framework
- Complaints, Disputes and Disciplines Policy
These policies outline what types of behaviour are unacceptable in our sport – these behaviours are called Prohibited Conduct. Prohibited Conduct is an action that is a breach of a policy – for example, bullying is Prohibited Conduct under the Member Protection Policy.
Any person or organisation who breaches a policy may be Sanctioned. A Sanction could range from mandatory education all the way up to a ban from participating.
The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplines Policy explains how people who have breached a National Integrity Framework policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.
In the past, complaints about someone’s behaviour were managed by the sport’s National Sporting Organisation, or State Sporting Organisation. Under the National Integrity Framework, Sport Integrity Australia will review all Complaints about behaviour which might be considered Prohibited Conduct under one of the policies. Sport Integrity Australia will also make the decision about any Sanction to be imposed. This means the handling of integrity issues is done independent of the sport, which reduces the risk of any perceived conflict of interest and allows National Sporting Organisations to focus their time and efforts on running the sport.
What does it mean for me?
As a member of a sport that has signed up to the National Integrity Framework, if someone behaves poorly by breaching one of the Policies, you can make a Complaint about the breach to Sport Integrity Australia. It also means that if you breach a National Integrity Framework policy, you could be Sanctioned.
For more information visit the TRA Ltd Policy Page: Policies – Target Rifle Australia. If you have any questions, or need any other information in relation to this matter, please contact the Executive Officer of TRA.