Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is a government statutory authority tasked to protect Australia's sporting integrity through the elimination of doping.[2] The authority is part of the Department of Health's portfolio and was established on 13 March 2006 under the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority Act 2006.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
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Statutory authority overview
Formed13 March 2006 (2006-03-13)
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersFyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Minister responsible
Statutory authority executive
  • David Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer
Parent departmentDepartment of Health
Key document
  • Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority Act 2006

The ASADA drug tests Australian athletes who compete at state and national levels. The ASADA can also test international athletes if they are competing in events held in Australia. It is also ASADA's role to inform the sporting community of drugs and related safety issues. The ASADA Advisory Group is relied upon by the Chief Executive Officer as a consultative forum on matter related to the agency's purpose.[3]



The following individuals have served as Chair of the Authority:[4]

Order Officeholder Title Term began Term end Time in office Notes
1 Peter Baume AO Chair 1991 1998
2 Dianne Sias 1999
3 Brian Sando 2000 2005
4 Richard Ings 2005 2006

Chief Executive OfficerEdit

The following individuals have served as Chief Executive Officer of the Authority. When ASADA replaced the Australian Sports Drug Agency in 2006, the Chair and Chief Executive positions were combined.

Order Officeholder Title Term began Term end Time in office Notes
1 Steve Haynes Chief Executive Officer 1991 1995 [4]
2 Natalie Howson 1995 2001
3 John Mendoza 2001 2005
4 Richard Ings 2006 2010
5 Aurora Andruska 2010 2014
6 Ben McDevitt 2014 2017 [5]
7 David Sharpe APM, OAM 17 August 2017 (2017-08-17) present 2 years, 156 days [6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-2016 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. September 2016.
  2. ^ "About ASADA". ASADA. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Governance". Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b Australian Sports Drug Agency - Annual report 1990-1991 (PDF). Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. 1991.
  5. ^ "ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt confirms he will leave his role at end of contract in May". ABC News. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Federal sports minister Greg Hunt appoints AFP boss David Sharpe as ASADA CEO". Canberra Times. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

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