Tenpin Bowling Australia adopts National Integrity Framework

By Tenpin Bowling Australia
June 30, 2022

The board of Tenpin Bowling Australia is pleased to announce in partnership with Sport Integrity Australia it has endorsed the adoption of the National Integrity Framework and associated integrity policies.

Sport Integrity Australia’s (SIA) National Integrity Framework takes a proactive approach to mitigate integrity threats to sports and provide a safe, fair, and healthy environment for participants at all levels of the sport.

By adopting the National Integrity Framework, Tenpin Bowling Australia now has six new integrity policies which apply to all members. In addition, all complaints about possible integrity breaches will now be managed independently by Sport Integrity Australia, which we hope will ensure people feel safe to speak up about any concerns. 

The Framework includes a collection of policies that detail comprehensive expectations for the conduct of all participants in sport. Tenpin Bowling’s National Integrity Framework comes into effect immediately.

The framework consists of six integrity-related policies, including:

  • National Integrity Framework
  • Child Safeguarding (with a specific addendum for South Australia)
  • Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering
  • Improper use of Drugs and Medicine
  • Complaints, Disputes and Discipline
  • Member Protection

This means from today; Sport Integrity Australia will take over the management of the complaints process concerning the above integrity matters. TBA and State and Territory Associations will continue to implement other policies such as the Selection policy, Code of Conduct and Social Media policy.

Following an extensive review of the SIA policies and comparison to existing policies, TBA ensured unique elements of the sport were maintained and included. Now a requirement for all Sport Australia funded sports, the adoption of the SIA policies hopes to provide positive and consistent outcomes utilising the centralised assessment process.

“This is an important step in protecting the sport and our members from integrity threats like harassment, bullying, abuse, illicit drugs and competition manipulation,” said TBA Chief Executive Officer Rohan O’Neill.

“This is a great outcome for all levels of the sport as we now have a consistent and streamlined approach to working through issues with the support of an independent agency to assess and manage breaches and issues that fit within the scope of the new policies.

“The partnership with SIA helps alleviate administrative and volunteer burden when confronted with complicated matters and ensures the best outcome for the sport and our members are found when disputes arise,” added O’Neill.

It is important that all members and participants of Tenpin Bowling understand their obligations under this Framework and familiarise themselves with conduct which is prohibited within each policy.

For more information about the Framework, associated policies, and information about integrity topics, visit our Sport Integrity webpage.