The nine advisors forming the ‘Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council’ have been disclosed by the Government of Australia, a new body created to provide oversight and advice on integrity issues affecting all levels of Australian sports.
The Advisory Council
As a measure of Australia’s revised ‘Sports Integrity Act’ that was amended last year to improve Australian sports against the threats of corruption and doping, the establishment of a ‘Advisory Council’ was accepted.
The government launched ‘Sport Integrity Australia’ changes for 2020, a new federal agency that combines the duties of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the National Sport Integrity Unit.
The ‘Sport Integrity Australia’ growth and progress will be overseen by the Advisory Council, providing the company with more assistance, objective guidance and strategic advice.
Richard Colbeck, Australian Minister of Sports, said that the council was formed with the most diverse range of skills, helping to defend sports from the current challenges of ‘money laundering and complex credibility problems.’
What was said…
Minster Colbeck said: “I am pleased to announce the nine-member advisory council. Each member brings skills and knowledge to provide advice on all areas of sports integrity.
“It follows the Australian Government’s recent investment of $10.1 million to introduce an independent complaints handling process within Sport Integrity Australia.”
Members of the Council
World Sailing Vice President Sarah Kenny will head the Advisory Council as Chair. Australian sports executives Lynne Anderson, CEO of Paralympics Australia, James Sutherland, CEO of Golf Australia, and Margot Foster, former professional athlete and governance specialist, will be helping Kenny.
The council is assisted by NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney, sports consultant Scott Draper, former National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell, and public policy consultant Jason Marocchi to provide technical oversight.
“I am looking forward to working with the other highly respected Advisory Council members to bring together our combined experience and knowledge to advise on all aspects of sport integrity and to assist in safeguarding the integrity of Australian sport,” Kenny said.
“By establishing Sport Integrity Australia and the National Sports Tribunal, increasing investment into independent compliant handling and forming the Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council, Australians can be confident everything possible is being done to keep the sport they love clean, safe and fair.”