The preservation of the spirit of sport — namely the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind — is characterised by the following values:
• Ethics, fair play and honesty
• Excellence in performance
• Character and education
• Fun and joy
• Dedication and commitment
• Respect for rules and laws
• Respect for self and other participants
• Community and solidarity.
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and Rowing Australia is committed to:
• Protecting athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health,
• Ensuring harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
The Rowing Australia anti-doping policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective from 1 January 2021, and found here on the Sport Integrity Australia website. All members, participants and non-participants in the sport of rowing are bound by these rules.
Prior to 1 January 2021, all members, participants and non-participants in the sport of rowing are bound by the Rowing Australia Anti-Doping Policy found at the bottom of this page.
World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA)
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organisation created in 1999 to promote, coordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.
Composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world, WADA coordinated the development and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
Vision: WADA works towards a vision of the world that values and fosters doping free sport.
As Australia’s national anti-doping organisation Sport Integrity Australia are responsible for implementing an effective program consistent with international requirements and Australian legislation.
Australia is a signatory to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport and is required to implement anti-doping arrangements in accordance with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). We collaborate with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), overseas anti-doping organisations and other stakeholders to further the Australian Government’s efforts to strengthen anti-doping practices globally.
Our role and functions are set out in the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020, the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020 and the National Anti-Doping (NAD) scheme.
All members of Australia’s sporting community can now access a range of anti-doping education programs and contribute to protecting our national sporting integrity. SIA offers a range of anti-doping education opportunities for individuals, clubs, schools, state and national sporting organisations. Most programs and resources are available free of charge.
Check Your Substance via Global DRO
Find out if your medications and substances are permitted or prohibited in sport. Results are based on the current World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. Make sure you keep your search receipt for any future queries regarding this search.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
For information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions, please view this page on the RA website here
Sample collection (also known as doping control or drug testing) is an essential part of promoting and protecting doping-free sport.
Sample collection detects the use of a prohibited substance, or prohibited method, by an athlete and consists of testing by an anti-doping organisation (such as Sport Integrity Australia) and sample analysis, by a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Sample collection can be either in-competition or out-of competition (such as at an athlete’s training venue or home). The majority of testing is carried out with no advance-notice. The test can involve the collection of urine, blood or both.
Rowing Australia Anti-Doping Policy – Active to 31 December 2020
Australian Anti-Doping Policy – Active from 1 January 2021
2021 Anti-Doping Policy Fact Sheet
WADA Prohibited List 2021 (Active 1 January 2021)
WADA Website – including WADA Code
RA No Needle Policy
World Rowing No Needle Policy (See Point 4)
RA Illicit Drugs Policy