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
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]

OrderOfficeholderTitleTerm beganTerm endTime in officeNotes
1Peter Baume AOChair19911998
2Dianne Sias1999
3Brian Sando20002005
4Richard Ings20052006

Chief Executive Officer

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.

OrderOfficeholderTitleTerm beganTerm endTime in officeNotes
1Steve HaynesChief Executive Officer19911995[4]
2Natalie Howson19952001
3John Mendoza20012005
4Richard Ings20062010
5Aurora Andruska20102014
6Ben McDevitt20142017[5]
7David Sharpe APM, OAM17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)present2 years, 121 days[6]

See also


  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. 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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