The use of drugs in sport or “doping” has been the subject of significant media attention in recent times.

Generally, the use of any illicit substance or performance-enhancing drug in sport, or in a sporting context is prohibited.  The ban on illicit and performance enhancing drugs helps to promote “fair play” in both amateur and professional sport, to foster a healthy environment for the athletes, and to advance a “clean” public image.

The two main bodies that regulate anti-doping in Australia are:

  1. WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency
  2. ASADA – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

WADA is an independent international anti-doping body responsible for managing and monitoring sports doping around the world. WADA is given responsibilities and powers by the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Code is the core set of anti-doping rules that apply to all sports, in all countries (with some exceptions) and works in conjunction with the 5 International Anti-Doping Standards.  The aim is to make sure that sports around the world are bound by the same anti-doping rules.

ASADA is the Australian body working to eliminate doping in all sports in Australia. ASADA co-ordinates Australia’s anti-doping policies; conducts education activities, investigations, and drug testing in order to comply with the Code.

How can we help?
SportsLawyer offers a range of services to assist athletes, coaches and sporting bodies and others in anti-doping matters.  These services may include:

  • Advice and representation to athletes and others who are the subject of actual or potential anti-doping violations
  • Advising on, and conducting anti-doping investigations
  • Drafting anti-doping policy and procedures for sporting bodies that comply with national and international standards
  • Conducting education activities in respect of anti-doping laws

If you would like more information on anti-doping in sport, or would like to speak to one of our sports lawyers please contact us on 03 9642 0435 or email