TTA National Integrity Framework

The National Integrity Framework (NIF) applies to all activities organised or authorised by Table Tennis Australia (TTA) or a Member Organisation.  . TTA is working with all State/Territory Associations to enable them to adopt the NIF as soon as possible.

Sports integrity means the manifestation of the ethics and values that promote community confidence in sports. Threats to the integrity of sports include the following:

  1. Manipulation of sporting competitions.
  2. Improper use of drugs and medicine in sports.
  3. Abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment; and
  4. Failure to protect Members and other persons in a sporting environment, from bullying, intimidation, discrimination, or harassment.

TTA seeks to take a proactive approach to mitigate the integrity threats to table tennis in Australia and to provide a safe, fair, and trustworthy environment for all Participants at all levels of the sport.

The NIF is one of TTA’s responses to the threats to the integrity of table tennis and sets out the broad expectations for the conduct of all Participants in table tennis, including procedures for managing, reporting, investigating, and determining potential breaches of its Integrity Policies.

National Integrity Framework (NIF) Policies

NIF policies include policies to ensure Table Tennis is safe, fair, and fun. 

  • Child Safeguarding 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.
    • Child Safeguarding Policy SA Addendum
  • 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 & Medicine Policy
    • This policy sets out
      • How 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
  • Competition Manipulation & Sports 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.

Breaches of TTA NIF Policies

Alleged breaches of the NIF should be reported on the TTA Complaints Form. Breaches will be managed under the Complaints, Disputes & Disciplinary Policy.

  • TTA Complaints Form
  • Complaints, Disputes & Disciplinary 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 NIF.
    • The policy only manages complaints in relation to the NIF. It does not manage complaints in relation to protected disclosures, eligibility, and selection, competition-related rules, personal grievances, code of conduct, or governance matters. TTA has other policies in place to deal with other complaints.
    • The policy provides several options to resolve an issue: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Breach Offer, or Hearing Tribunal (internal or via the National Sports Tribunal (NST)).

National Integrity Framework Policy

For more information on the National Integrity Framework Policy, go to:

  • TTA National Integrity Framework Policy
    • This is the overarching document for the management and implementation of the framework and NIF policies.
    • It outlines the definitions, authority, scope, and education requirements for our table tennis community and the reporting responsibilities for TTA.

 

 

 


 

INTEGRITY – PROTECTING TABLE TENNIS TOGETHER

Sport should be a safe and fair place for all participants. At Table Tennis, we offer a safe place for people to raise concerns about behaviour they’ve witnessed or experienced in sport as well as find more information if they have an integrity question.

STAYING SAFE

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR FIRST CONCERN.
If you are in Australia and in immediate danger or at risk of harm, call your local law enforcement agency or dial triple zero (000).


WHAT IS SPORT INTEGRITY?

Threats to a sport's integrity can include competition manipulation and sports gambling, doping, the improper use of drugs and medicine and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse, including against children.

Integrity in sport means that participants, officials, supporters, and fans can participate in and enjoy sport, confident in the knowledge that they are part of a safe, fair, and inclusive environment.

All of our members and participants have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of sport, as well as the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.

We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the national coordination agency for sport integrity threats. For more information about Sport Integrity Australia visit its website.

HOW TO RAISE A CONCERN

Everyone from athletes, officials, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport. Table Tennis Australia works with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) to coordinate and manage complaints and reports. Complaints received will be evaluated and either managed by Table Tennis, referred to SIA or an appropriate external agency, or passed back to the complainant with suggested pathways for them to pursue where the Complaint is out of scope.

If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, say something!

RAISE A CONCERN

<INSERT HOW TO RAISE A CONCERN> (this could be a link to a separate page/form or contact details for the integrity manager) 

Questions about any integrity related matters can be directed to the Table Tennis Australia Integrity Manager:

Name: [insert Integrity Manager name]
Position: [insert Integrity Manager’s position title if different to Integrity Manager]
Email and/or Phone: [insert Integrity Manager email address and or phone number]
Name: [insert Safeguarding Contact if different to Integrity Manager]
Position: Safeguarding Contact
Email and/or Phone: [insert email address and or phone number of Safeguarding Contact]


WHAT IS THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY FRAMEWORK?

We take sport integrity seriously and in March 2024, Table Tennis Australia adopted the National Integrity Framework. 

The National Integrity Framework is essentially a set of rules that all members of our sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct in sport. There are four core policies which make up the National Integrity Framework. These are:

  1. Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy [insert link to policy]
  2. Member Protection Policy [insert link to policy]
  3. Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy [insert link to policy]
  4. Competition Manipulation and Sports Gambling Policy [insert link to policy]
  5. Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy [insert link to policy]

These core policies are underpinned by the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy, which explains how people who have breached a National Integrity Framework policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.

Check out the National Integrity Framework FACTSHEET and VIDEO.

OTHER INTEGRITY POLICIES

In addition to the National Integrity Framework policies, Table Tennis Australia has the following integrity policies:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Social Media

WHO MANAGES COMPLAINTS?

As a member of a sport that has signed up to the National Integrity Framework, you can make a Complaint if you believe a fellow member has behaved poorly and potentially breached one of the policies.

If the Complaint is about Child Safeguarding or Discrimination, you can make the Complaint to Sport Integrity Australia. 

You can lodge a Child Safeguarding or Discrimination complaint to Sport Integrity Australia by completing the online form. 

If you would prefer to talk to someone at Sport Integrity Australia, assistance is available by calling 1300 027 232.

All other integrity complaints should be submitted to and will be managed by Table Tennis [insert link to complaint form or add contact details].

OTHER SUPPORT PATHWAYS

SAFE SPORT HOTLINE

1800 161 361

7AM-7PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR

The Safe Sport Hotline is part of an expanded service offered to members of sport to share their story with a trusted member of the Sport Integrity Australia team about integrity issues they have experienced.

The service includes an anonymous reporting capability that covers wider racial and cultural issues in sport for people who feel they have been discriminated against in their sport.

CONNECT WITH SUPPORT

If you, or someone you care about, is struggling with an issue it's okay to reach out for support. 

MENTAL HEALTH OR WELLBEING SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS

BULLYING IN SPORT

Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness. 

RESOURCE: BULLYING IN SPORT AND AVAILABLE PATHWAYS

ABUSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ONLINE

If you have a concern about abusive or inappropriate material online, you can also report it to the eSafety Commissioner for action. eSafety can investigate cyberbullying of children, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse (sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without the consent of the person shown) and illegal and restricted content.

REPORT TO THE ESAFETY COMMISSIONER

EDUCATION & RESOURCES

When it comes to sport integrity, it is critical for everyone who is involved in sport, from grassroots to elite-level athletes, their parents, teachers, coaches, sport administration staff and support personnel, are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep everyone informed.

SAFEGUARDING

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy is designed to protect children and young people in sport by putting in place rules and processes to ensure sporting environments are inclusive, positive and safe for all children and young people, all the time. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

The Child Safe Contact at Table Tennis Australia is:

Name:  
Position:  
Email and/or Phone:  

 

MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY 

The Member Protection Policy is designed to protect the welfare, wellbeing and health of everyone involved in sport. It provides clear definitions of abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, victimisation and vilification in sport, along with information on how to report these behaviours. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES

IMPROPER USE OF DRUGS AND MEDICINE POLICY

The Improper Use of Drugs and Medicines Policy is designed to protect athletes from harm caused by the improper use of medicines, supplements and illegal drugs. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES

COMPETITION MANIPULATION AND SPORT GAMBLING POLICY

The Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy is designed to keep sport fair by protecting sporting competitions from competition manipulation (also known as match-fixing) and associated betting activity. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES

COMPLAINTS, DISPUTES AND DISCIPLINE POLICY

The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplines Policy (CDDP) provides sport and its participants with a best practice complaint management process that can be run by either Sport Integrity Australia or the sport. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES

INTEGRITY eLEARNING

Sport Integrity Australia eLearning offers several online courses relating to sport integrity, including doping, match-fixing, illicit drugs, and ethical decision-making courses. Specific anti-doping courses are also available for coaches, support persons, medical practitioners and parents.

PLAY BY THE RULES

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

eSAFETY COMISSIONER – eSAFETY SPORT HUB

Online abuse can significantly impact sport members and organisations. The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator and educator for online safety. eSafety provides guidance on online safety issues including cyberbullying, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse and illegal or restricted content. eSafety can help to get harmful online content removed if it meets the legal threshold for investigation.

The eSafety Sport hub provides resources to help the sports community including information on how to recognise online abuse and deal with online abuse in sport, as well as tailored advice for sport administrators, coaches and officials, and athletes and competitors.

STAY UP TO DATE 

Keep up to date with all that is happening in sport integrity by following Sport Integrity Australia on Facebook, X, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or listen to On Side, the official podcast of Sport Integrity Australia. 

You can also download the Sport Integrity App, which are available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.