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Gridiron Australia has proudly adopted the National Integrity Framework as outlined by Sport Integrity Australia.

The National Integrity Framework is a collaborative initiative that addresses the evolving challenges and complexities faced by modern sports. It establishes a cohesive and standardised approach to integrity-related matters, ranging from anti-doping measures and match-fixing prevention to athlete welfare and code of conduct enforcement. This framework fosters consistency in policies and procedures across different sports bodies, ensuring a united front against unethical practices.

At its core, the National Integrity Framework promotes trust and accountability. By maintaining strict governance, transparent reporting, and effective oversight, it works to maintain the public's confidence in the authenticity of competitions and the dedication of athletes. The framework embodies the commitment of Australian sports to not only upholding the spirit of fair play but also to staying ahead of emerging challenges through proactive measures.

Key Components and Importance

The National Integrity Framework encompasses a range of essential components, including:

  1. Code of Conduct: A comprehensive set of ethical guidelines that athletes, officials, and stakeholders are expected to adhere to, setting clear standards for behavior and sportsmanship.

  2. Anti-Doping Measures: Rigorous measures to prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances, ensuring a level playing field and protecting the health of athletes.

  3. Match-Fixing Prevention: Robust strategies to identify, prevent, and address any attempts to manipulate sporting events, preserving the authenticity of competitions.

  4. Whistleblower Protection: Mechanisms to encourage and protect individuals who report integrity breaches, promoting transparency and accountability.

  5. Educational Programs: Initiatives to educate athletes, officials, and the public about the importance of integrity and the consequences of unethical actions.

In essence, the National Integrity Framework bolsters Australia's commitment to sports integrity in a rapidly evolving landscape. By fostering a culture of honesty, fairness, and ethical conduct, this framework plays a pivotal role in preserving the credibility and value of Australian sports, ensuring that the pursuit of excellence remains synonymous with uncompromised integrity.

You can find the adopted framework on our Policies page.

Questions about our adoption of the National Integrity Framework can be sent to

"Football is like life—punctuated by seasons of triumph and defeat, with the goal of pushing forward and becoming better with each challenge."

— Jerry Kramer

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