As part of the development of Government’s National Sport Plan I have asked the Honourable James Wood AO QC to lead a specific review into the integrity of Australian sport.
Mr Wood is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and former Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission of New South Wales.
Sport is part of our DNA, bringing with it so many physical, social, cultural and economic benefits so it’s vital the integrity of all sports are protected.
At the moment we have some of the world’s strongest integrity measures but we need to ensure it always remains this way.
The Review will examine national and international integrity threats and future challenges, including the rise of illegal offshore wagering, match-fixing and doping in sport.
They will also consider the merits of establishing a dedicated national sports integrity commission.
In conducting the Review Mr Wood will be supported by panel members Mr David Howman CNZM, former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Mr Ray Murrihy, former Racing New South Wales Chief Steward.
These members will be assisted by adjunct panel members Ms Jo Setright, nominated by the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports, and The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC nominated by the Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Australia.
Sporting codes and relevant stakeholders will be consulted, ensuring their views are captured in this process.
Consultation is underway with a report to Government expected later this year.
Any additional submissions following the National Sports Plan consultation period to the Panel may be provided via NISU@health.gov.au up to the close of business on 25 August 2017.