Gymnastics partners with newly established sport integrity bodies to introduce independent complaints process

With the support of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) and the National Sports Tribunal (NST), Gymnastics Australia has announced an independent complaints management process to complement the whole of sport review being undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Review).

The independent process sees Gymnastics Australia, its State and Territory Member Associations and Clubs transfer the handling of all individual complaints related to misconduct, bullying, abuse, sexual harassment and assault toward an athlete to SIA and the NST whilst submissions are being provided to the Review.

Sport Integrity Australia and the National Sports Tribunal, each an independent statutory authority, have recently been established by the Australian Government as part of the Government’s strong commitment to ensuring the integrity of sport within Australia.

In making the announcement, Gymnastics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Kitty Chiller AM, said it was important for the sport to establish a process that would sit alongside the Review as a completely independent mechanism for people to make a complaint.

“Having both organisations as part of the process reinforces our commitment to learn from the past whilst also ensuring the independent integrity in the management of athlete abuse related complaints. I would like to thank both SIA and the NST for their commitment to assisting us on this journey.

“Athlete safety is the number one priority of Gymnastics Australia and we want to provide confidence to the community that we are genuine when we say we have a zero tolerance approach to abuse of any kind in our sport,” concluded Chiller.

Sport Integrity Australia Chief Executive Officer, David Sharpe reiterated his agency’s commitment to protecting sport saying, “It is essential that sport and government work together to provide these athletes with an independent process and ensure that the perpetrators of misconduct are removed from sport.”

National Sports Tribunal CEO John Boultbee welcomed the new process “It will provide athletes in the sport of Gymnastics with an opportunity to have their voices heard and grievances addressed in a forum that will be independent and fair to all parties”.

The complaints process will commence alongside the Review and will continue until 10th January 2021.

More information about the review and the supplementary complaints management process can be found here.

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