On 10 June 2011, all Australian sports ministers endorsed, on behalf of their governments, a National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport (National Policy) with the aim of protecting the integrity of Australian sport.
The National Policy sets in place a system of cooperative relationships between sporting organisations and betting agencies underpinned by betting legislation to be introduced at the jurisdictional level.
The National Policy recognises the importance of sports maintaining the integrity of their individual competitions as the key determinant. It also clearly identifies the role of law enforcement in addressing the issue.
Operational sports betting model
On 30 September 2011, Sports Ministers subsequently endorsed a model to give effect to the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport. Sports Ministers agreed to take the proposed model to their Governments or relevant Ministers for consideration and implementation.
The model includes the following elements:
- sporting organisations can apply to the relevant state and territory regulator to become a ‘sports controlling body’
- Sports Controlling Bodies can enter into ‘integrity agreements’ with betting agencies which provide for information exchange, a return of revenue to the sport and a right of veto on bet types, and
- all sporting organisations which receive government funding are required to meet integrity benchmarks as agreed under the National Policy.
In November 2011, all Attorneys-General agreed to a set of match-fixing behaviours that legislative arrangements in each State and Territory should cover, supporting a proposal to introduce specific match-fixing offences to cover the agreed behaviours, including a maximum of 7-10 years imprisonment. This was a major milestone towards nationally consistent criminal sanctions.