Member Protection

Swimming Australia’s National Integrity Framework applies to all Activities organised or authorised by Swimming Australia or a Member Organisation.


Swimming Australia and its Member Organisations remain  fully committed to the protection of children, young people and our members in our sport and encourage all member associations and clubs throughout Australia to familiarise themselves with the policies and to raise the issue of child safety to everyone involved in swimming clubs.

Our NIF consists of six documents:

Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy 

  • The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplinary Policy sets out the system for resolving complaints and disciplinary action arising from an individual or organisation engaging in prohibited conduct under the National Integrity Framework.
  • The policy only manages complaints in relation to the National Integrity Framework. It does not manage complaints in relation to protected disclosures, eligibility and selection, competition-related rules, personal grievances, code of conduct or governance matters. Swimming Australia will need to have policies in place to deal with other complaints.
  • The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplinary Policy includes an independent assessment and referral process managed by Sport Integrity Australia that will ensure complaints are dealt with in the most appropriate manner and will significantly reduce the workload of managing complaints at all levels of sport.
  • The policy provides several options to resolve an issue: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Breach Offer or Hearing Tribunal (internal or via the National Sports Tribunal).

Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy

  • This policy details prohibited conduct in relation to improperly altering the result or the course of a sporting activity, betting on a sporting activity or disclosing inside information to obtain a benefit.

Member Protection Policy

  • This policy details prohibited conduct in relation to abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, unlawful discrimination, victimisation, and vilification.

Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy

  • Appropriately qualified practitioners are appointed to provide science and medicine services to athletes.
  • The correct process is used for selecting supplements, where relevant, that are appropriate and conform to the AIS Sport Supplement Framework and the World Anti-Doping Code
  • Medications are selected and used appropriately
  • Injections are only administered as part of appropriate medical treatment

Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework

  • This is the governance document for the management and implementation of the framework and associated integrity policies.
  • It outlines the definitions, jurisdiction, scope and education requirements for our swimming community and the reporting responsibilities for the Swimming Australia.

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

  • This policy defines prohibited conduct which includes child abuse, grooming and other misconduct with a child. It also outlines reporting requirements in relation to allegations of child abuse and other requirements relating to child safe practices, including recruitment and screening practices. Importantly, it complies with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

  • Contact
  • For integrity related maters please contact Head of Integrity & Risk, Lydia Dowse.


    P: 03 9910 0723 / 0417 993 846

    Other relevant contacts for making a complaint to an authority outside Swimming Australia are:


    Or Sport Integrity Australia:

    For NIF inquiries or education opportunities please contact National Complaints Manager Scott Elliott – 0474 485 023

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