About us

We provide a cost-effective, efficient, transparent and independent forum to resolve sporting disputes within Australia.

The National Sports Tribunal

The National Sports Tribunal (NST) hears and resolves national-level sporting disputes in Australia.

We offer a range of dispute resolution options – arbitration, mediation, conciliation and case appraisal – to help national level sporting bodies and their participants resolve disputes efficiently and affordably.

We have 3 divisions:

  • Anti-Doping Division – deals with breaches of the anti-doping rules of a sport
  • General Division – deals with other disputes under the rules of a sport (including, for example, disputes that might arise under a sport's Member Protection Policy)
  • Appeals Division – deals with appeals from the Anti-Doping or General Divisions, as well as appeals from decisions made by ‘in-house’ sport tribunals

The NST is managed by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Boultbee AM.

The NST is supported by a Registry within the Australian Government Department of Health.

Our Tribunal Members have expertise and experience in a range of sporting, legal and medical fields.

See Who we are for more details.

Vision, mission and values

Our vision is to promote and protect the integrity and fairness of Australian sport as the national sporting community’s forum of choice for consistent resolution of disputes.

Our mission is to provide an effective, efficient, independent, transparent and specialist tribunal for the fair hearing and resolution of sporting disputes.

Our values are to:

  • Remain independent
  • Act with integrity and impartiality
  • Deliver quality justice and outcomes
  • Be accessible
  • Respect individuals

How we were formed

The NST is a key element of the Government’s comprehensive sport integrity strategy – Safeguarding the Integrity of Sport – delivered in response to the 2018 Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements (known as the Wood Review). It is a critical pillar of the National Sport Plan: Sport 2030

See more about our legislative framework

Evaluation

The Australian Government has engaged Urbis, a public policy evaluation and consultancy firm, to evaluate our 2-year pilot.

The evaluation aims to:

  • assess the design and implementation of the NST to identify lessons and opportunities for improvement
  • assess the extent to which we achieved the expected outcomes
  • inform the sustainability and future operation of the NST

The results will inform Government about the establishment, implementation and delivery of sports dispute resolution services through the NST. The evaluation will shape the future design and delivery of national sports dispute resolution services.

The evaluation approach includes engagement with the tribunal team, with sporting organisations and stakeholders, and with users of the NST.

If you have questions about the evaluation, please contact Christina Bagot from Urbis at cbagot@urbis.com.au or 03 8663 4988.

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