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RA Anti-Doping Policy

RA is committed to the principals of anti-doping and the fundamental rationale for the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and FISA’s anti-doping rules which states that:

“doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, the principal of fair play, medical ethics and can be harmful for the health of the athletes.”

This policy is adopted by RA consistent with its obligations to FISA and the Australian Olympic Committee to adopt and implement an anti-doping policy that conforms with the Code. In doing so RA commits to the purposes of the World Anti-Doping Programme and the Code, namely:

    • to protect the athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide; and
    • to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.


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.

From 1 January 2021, the Rowing Australia anti-doping policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, 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. A fact sheet and PDF of this policy can be found at the bottom of this page.

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.

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.

Please click here for more information around WADA, Sport Integrity Australia, Therapeutic Use Exemption and Anti-Doping education.


pdfRowing Australia Anti-Doping Policy – Active till 31 December 2020

pdfAustralian Anti-Doping Policy – Active from 1 January 2021

pdfAustralian Anti-Doping Policy Fact Sheet – Active from 1 January 2021

Click here to access the WADA website and view the 2021 Code and Prohibited List