Cross-Tasman Collaboration for Clean Sport



Australian and New Zealand anti-doping experts met in Canberra yesterday to discuss new ways to support clean athletes and detect doping in the region.

Representatives from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) came together today to share key trends, outcomes and challenges across education, intelligence, investigations and testing.

Key topics discussed included:

  • new approaches to build anti-doping capacity in the region,
  • the use of innovative technologies in education to prevent doping and support athletes to stay clean’
  • ways to strengthen the voice of athletes in anti-doping in each country,
  • the risk of supplements to athletes,
  • whistleblower systems and support,
  • ways to target the distributors and suppliers of PIEDs in the region, and
  • ways to enhance intelligence through collaboration with law enforcement.

DFSNZ CEO Nick Paterson said: “The pursuit of clean sport is a global issue. Our clean athletes in New Zealand deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field regardless of where they compete in the world, or who they compete against.” 

“For that reason, it is crucial that anti-doping organisations work together to enhance their operations and learn from one another.” 

“In that context, I am very pleased to have such a strong partnership with ASADA, whereby we share resources, intelligence and information for the benefit of clean sport.”

ASADA CEO David Sharpe said: “Many of the opportunities and challenges facing ASADA are shared by other anti-doping agencies around the world. For this reason, it is vital that we work with dedicated and sophisticated partners like DFSNZ."

“This collaboration will enable both ASADA and DFSNZ to pool their resources and expertise in developing innovative approaches to education, intelligence and detection, ultimately for the benefit of athletes in both Australia and New Zealand."

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise and experience of our DFSNZ counterparts, and look forward to the continuation of this invaluable partnership.”

The inaugural meeting between the two agencies is a milestone in strengthening the intent of both agencies to collaborate towards protecting clean sport in Australia and New Zealand now and into the future.


About DFSNZ: 

  • DFSNZ is New Zealand’s national anti-doping organisation committed to protecting and promoting a culture of clean sport.
  • We implement New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules, which reflect the World Anti-Doping Code and includes the Prohibited List, published annually. We help athletes to understand and follow these rules and take action against those who break these rules. 
  • Our work comprises three key components: 

education through athlete resources, outreach programmes, seminars and research

regulation through our testing and investigations programme 

influence to help create a culture of clean sport in New Zealand and to ensure anti-doping rules reflect the needs of our athletes.

To aid New Zealand athletes, as well as all support team members such as coaches and parents in understanding the rules applicable to them, DFSNZ provides comprehensive information on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.

In addition, DFSNZ conducts educational seminars with National Sporting Organisations and their athletes, offers three Clean Sport E-Learning programmes, Good Clean Sport workshops and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the 2018 Clean Sport Handbook and 2018 Clean Sport wallet cards.