You can make a complaint through this process up to the 10 January 2021.
To make a complaint you will need to follow these steps:
- Ensure you are eligible to make a complaint through this process (see above)
- Download the attached Complaint Form
- Complete the form with as much detail as you can, (you can get someone to help you)
- Email your form to GymnasticsComplaint@sportintegrity.gov.au
If you need assistance completing the Complaints Form, or if you have any questions, you can call Sport Integrity Australia on (02) 6222 4217.
From there, an Independent Assessor, will determine which Complaints Handling Process is most appropriate for your complaint.
The Complaints Handling Processes are:
- Minor Breach Procedure
- Mediation or Conciliation administered by the National Sports Tribunal
- Independent external investigation by Sport Integrity Australia
- Referral to the police or other appropriate authority
More information about these processes can be found in Part C of the Supplementary Complaints Management Policy.
The method identified by the Independent Assessor will determine how your complaint progresses, including how much involvement you may need to have in the complaint management process and how long it will take for your complaint to be resolved.
For example, an external investigation will usually take longer than a mediation or conciliation process and will likely require further involvement from you. The external investigation process may also take a bit longer if there are multiple complaints against a respondent.
The Minor Breach Procedure is quite quick and will probably not require much further involvement from you as a complainant, if you provide enough detail in your initial documents.
The Independent Assessor or, if the complaint is investigated, Sport Integrity Australia, may make recommendations for Disciplinary Action to be taken against a respondent. Gymnastics Australia will adopt and implement these recommendations without change.
This ensures the process is independent of Gymnastics Australia and its State and Territory Associations and/or clubs.
An external investigation may result in Sport Integrity Australia recommending that disciplinary measures be taken against a respondent. If this happens, the respondent may elect to appeal that decision to the National Sports Tribunal (NST). At this point, you may be requested by one of the Parties to appear as a witness in the NST.
The NST has procedures in place to ensure this process is sensitive to you and the nature of the complaint.