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Anti-Doping and Sport Integrity Update

As the National Federation for rowing it is Rowing Australia’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of our sport is upheld. Part of that responsibility is implementing an anti-doping policy and providing educational resources and information to members and community.

There has recently been significant changes in the area of sport integrity and we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on these changes and remind you of your obligations as a participant, athlete, coach or parent.

Introducing Sport Integrity Australia (SIA)

As of 1 July 2020 the functions of the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA), National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) and other national integrity programs of Sport Australia were combined to a single nationally coordinated organisation, Sport Integrity Australia (SIA).

SIA now provides advice and assistance to counter:

  • Use of prohibited substances and methods in sport
  • Abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment
  • Manipulation of sporting competitions
  • Failure to protect members of sporting organisations and other persons in a sporting environment from bullying, intimidation, discrimination or harassment.

For more information please visit

Rowing Australia Anti-Doping Policy

Rowing Australia’s Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.

The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia which will replace the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020.

The changes which come into effect on 10 August 2020 are:

    • Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA)
    • Recognising the National Sports Tribunal (NST) for first instance hearings by all athletes, and appeals by non-international-level athletes,
    • Introducing the concept of ‘lower level athlete’ to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level, and
    • Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

For more details on the changes, please click here.

You can stay educated about Anti-Doping by downloading the ASADA Clean Sport App, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The App is a one stop shop for Anti-Doping which includes tools to find low risk supplements, check if a medication is banned in sport, complete a virtual reality testing mission, give ASADA feedback, report doping and more.

Rowing Australia Anti-Doping Webpage

Online courses and education

Senior Team, National Training Centre (NTC) and Pathway athletes (including those in the SIS/SAS network) have a number of obligations that must be met to ensure they comply with the anti-doping policies of Rowing Australia, World Rowing (FISA), Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). These obligations include the completion of online education modules provided by SIA.

Depending on their level of competition or involvement in the sport will dictate which course or courses are required to be completed. To assist we have provided below a table showing the level of involvement and course requirements. We have also provided links below to access the courses.

SIA Course Club Rower
 NTC, Senior Team (including Para)
 Pathway Athletes
Coaches and Support Staff
Clean Sport 101 Recommended Required Required Required
Level 1 Anti-Doping Recommended Required Strongly Recommended Required
Level 2  Anti-Doping Recommended Required Recommended Required
Ethical Decision Making Recommended Required Recommended Required
Whereabouts Course Recommended Required Recommended Recommended
Match Fixing Course Recommended Required Recommended Required

Courses and Resources

Clean Sport 101 An introduction to Anti-Doping rules written in plain English. Designed for pathway athletes early in their careers, unlikely to be tested, and community/grassroots levels.
Level 1 Anti-Doping ` One-off comprehensive Anti-Doping education that covers all required knowledge. Designed for all athletes and support personnel participating in competitive sport.
Level 2 Anti-Doping Annual Anti-Doping ‘refresher’ course for all athletes and support personnel participating in competitive sport. Covers new substances added to the Prohibited List each year, new rules and emerging threats or issues.
Ethical Decision Making A training course on how to apply values and ethics to complex ‘grey’ areas in sports.
Match Fixing Course Explains what match fixing is, how match fixers may target athletes, officials and other relevant people, as well as how to protect athletes, officials and other relevant persons from corruption and their reporting requirements.
Whereabouts Course Explains the anti-doping Whereabouts rules and gives tutorials on how to update ADAMS. Designed for all RTP and DTP athletes and their support personnel.
Parents Guide to Clean Sport Designed to teach parents of young athletes about the Anti-Doping rules, doping risks, healthy sport culture, nutrition and the risks of supplement use.
Coaches Course Anti-Doping knowledge tailored to the important role coaches play in their athletes’ lives.
The ‘Illicit Drugs in Sport’ (IDIS) Program  The IDIS program seeks to provide practical tools and strategies to assist athletes, coaches and sports administrators to make appropriate choices when faced with illicit drug issues in their sport.
Medical Practiioners Course Explains the anti-doping rules and obligations for medical practitioners who provide health services to athletes.

Sport Integrity Australia E-Learning Portal


WADA Prohibited List and Checking Medication

Each year the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes a list of substances that are prohibited from athletes to use. You can view this list below:


You can also quickly check whether your medications are prohibited by using the Global DRO online search tool via the SIA website: