Maintaining the integrity of motorcycling in Australia is of the utmost importance to MA. The Sport’s integrity is founded on its culture of competing clean and “doing your best”. With the purpose of fortifying our Sport’s culture, MA is adopting and implementing an Integrity Framework that promotes:
- Participation in our Sport free of performance enhancing substances and methods;
- Genuine contests, free of race-fixing and illegal betting.
- Our Sport as open to and welcoming of anyone wishing to participate in it, and enjoy a Sport which is free from harassment, intimidation or other behaviours which fail to respect their rights as a member of our motorcycling community.
The values that inform and underpin MA’s Integrity Framework are:
- Health: Participation, regardless of age or ability, in a manner that promotes health and wellbeing, free from artificial performance enhancing substances or methods.
- Enjoyment: Having fun free from unfairness, harassment or intimidation.
- Belonging: Having a sense of belonging in our Sport which is inclusive, welcoming and supportive of lifelong involvement.
- Achievement: Promoting opportunity to achieve to whatever level they aspire within our Sport – as a rider, official, coach or administrator.
- Respect: Treating each other with respect, participating and adjudicating fairly and honestly, acknowledging differences in ability, and encouraging differences of opinion.
This Framework applies to everyone who is involved in our Sport.
Integrity Framework Policies
Other MA Policies
The Board of MA (Board) is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of this Framework and its constituent programs and policies.
The Framework will be managed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with support from key executive staff and the Board’s Risk Audit & Integrity Committee (RAIC).
Information Provision (Whistleblowing) Arrangements
MA encourages Members and the general public to provide information which assists in the implementation of this Integrity Framework. Information relating to potential breaches of the policies covered by this Framework can be provided on an entirely confidential basis to the CEO by calling 03 9684 0510 (in Australia) or +61 396 840 510 (from overseas), or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the information to be disclosed relates to potential doping activity which has occurred in the previous eight years, Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) Stamp Out Doping Hotline 1300 27232 provides a confidential and anonymous service.
If you are in a dilemma about whether to report the information of which you are aware, you may wish to discuss your dilemma with a trained ethical advisor at the St James Ethics Centre. The free Ethi-call service will provide guidance to work through your dilemma from an ethical perspective assistance in untangling the ‘knot’ that is causing concern or distress. Ethi-call can be accessed by calling 1800 672 303.
PURE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
The Pure Performance component of the framework consists of three sub-elements:
- Anti-Doping Testing
- Anti-Doping Education
- Promotion of Pure Performance in motorcycling.
MA will liaise with promoters and clubs, and SIA, about the appropriate level and type of testing undertaken at events.
MA will also liaise with the FIM and SIA to increase the effectiveness of the event test program, possibly by introducing an EPO screen to a selected number of urine tests and by introducing a peptide screen (or other screen as new analysis techniques become available) on selected blood serum samples.
Out of Competition Testing
MA will maintain a list of athletes to be included in MA’s international and national Registered Testing Pools (RTP). Athletes included in the international and national RTP are required to adhere to strict whereabouts information, including the provision of locations for daily training, competition and overnight place of residence. The purpose of the detailed whereabouts information is to ensure that they can be tested on a “no notice”, unannounced basis at any time of the day.
MA will also advise SIA on athletes to be included in a Domestic Testing Pool (DTP). These are athletes who are not required to complete full whereabouts information, but for whom MA provides residential addresses and camp information to ensure that out of competition testing can occur.
All athletes should strive to fulfil the following anti-doping education requirements:
- Achieve a “competent” level on the SIA Pure Performance e-learning Level 1 course
- Achieve a “competent” level on the SIA Pure Performance e-learning Level 2 course
- Successfully complete SIA Pure Performance Learning Updates during the calendar in which they become available
A facilitated anti-doping update session will be conducted at least once per year at either in person at the MA office or via teleconference.
A module on doping issues and MA’s Pure Performance program will be included in the curriculum and course requirements for the following motorcycling coach education programs:
- Club and Community Coach (formerly Level 0)
- Development Coach (formerly Level 1)
- Performance Coach (formerly Level 2)
The module will also include a requirement to achieve a competent level on the SIA e-learning Pure Performance Level 1 course. Accreditation for Performance Coaches will also require them to achieve a competent level on the SIA Pure Performance e-learning Level 2 course.
At least two MA staff members will successfully undertake the SIA e-learning Facilitators Workshop course, and be available to facilitate group education sessions on anti-doping issues.
Promotion of pure performance in motorcycling
MA is proud of motorcycling’s record as a clean, healthy sport. To promote the message that we support a culture of pure performance, and in collaboration with SIA, the Pure Performance logo as used by SIA will be displayed on the MA and SCB websites. It will also be incorporated into event signage and other promotional material.
The logo will be presented as follows:
motorcycling is proud to be a sport which values and rewards the pure performance of our athletes
MA acknowledges that the use of illicit drugs is harmful to athletes and can bring the Sport into disrepute and sets a poor example for other members of our community who view athletes as role models.
MA wishes to prevent the use of Illicit Drugs in motorcycling through increased education for athletes and members in relation to the potential harms of the use of Illicit Drugs.
MA’s Drug & Alcohol Policy can be found [here]. It is designed to help prevent the uptake of illicit drug use and reduce the drug-related harm to individuals, families and stakeholders of MA and the broader community.
The policy provides a management approach which focuses on education and counselling in addressing the use of illicit drugs in an out-of-competition context.
MA is acting to protect the integrity our sport from illegal betting and match-fixing. We recognise that fraudulent betting on sport and the associated match-fixing is an emerging and critical issue globally, for sport, the betting industry and governments.
Although the prevailing conditions of our sport make it a difficult target for illegal betting operators or for athletes and officials to collude in race fixing activities, it is important for MA to state clearly its position about these issues and the potential disciplinary consequences.
MA’s Match-Fixing Policy adheres to the National Policy on Match-fixing in Sport as agreed by Australian Governments on 10 June 2011 and can be found [here].
MEMBER AND CHILD WELFARE
The welfare of our Members is of paramount importance to MA. To this end, our Member Welfare Policy (MWP) and Child Welfare Code of Conduct (CWCC) promote our core values and the Sport’s good reputation, and it promotes positive behaviours and attitudes so that those involved in our Sport, and especially children, are treated with respect and dignity and protected from abuse.