Who we are

The NST consists of a panel of independent Tribunal Members. Our Chief Executive Officer, Deputy CEO and Registry Officers coordinate case management.

Tribunal Members

Our panel of NST Members includes top sport administrators, along with legal and medical professionals working in sport, and former athletes. 

Members are appointed by the Minister for Sport. The initial Members were recommended by an independent expert Selection Advisory Committee.

NST Members have a diverse range of skills and experience. Many are legally qualified, and these Tribunal Members will generally:

  • conduct arbitrations, mediations, conciliations or case appraisals
  • preside as chair when a dispute has more than one Tribunal Member hearing it.

We maintain a list of Members qualified and experienced in the mediation and conciliation of disputes, and conduct of case appraisals. Members will be allocated from this list for alternative dispute resolution processes. 

Other NST Members are subject matter experts in sport medicine and sport administration. These specialist NST Members will usually be allocated where three or more Members hear a dispute and their particular skills and experience are relevant.

Our CEO consults the parties to a dispute and then allocates NST Members to the matter. The CEO will take a range of factors into account when allocating Member(s) to a dispute, including:

  • their relevant skills and experience
  • where the parties are
  • their availability.

See more about the process of allocating NST Members to a dispute.

Once the CEO has allocated an NST Member to a dispute, the Member is responsible for conducting the resolution process. They receive case management support from the NST Registry.

Our staff

The NST is managed by the CEO, supported by the Deputy CEO, and a small team of Registry staff (case managers) and other departmental staff. The CEO is Dr Michelle Gallen.


The National Sports Tribunal Advisory Group provided advice and guidance to the Sport Integrity Taskforce on establishing the NST. It can also provide guidance and advice to the CEO on the ongoing operations of the NST.