Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA REPORTING HOTLINE?
The Basketball Australia Reporting Hotline is an independent and confidential service available to receive information relating to breaches of Basketball Australia’s integrity policies.
WHAT CAN BE REPORTED?
Any breaches of the Code of Conduct for Directors, Employees, Contractors and Volunteers, the Gambling and Match-Fixing Policy, the Illicit Drugs Policy or the Sports Science and Sports Medicine Policy, as well as other issues that may adversely affect the reputation of Australian basketball can be reported. This may include any criminal offence or breach of legal obligation, or serious cases of unsafe behaviour, harassment or bullying.
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE REPORTED THROUGH THIS SERVICE?
Suspected or alleged breaches of the Member Protection Policy should be reported in accordance with the procedures set out in that policy. In most cases this will involve reporting the issue to a Member Protection Information Officer, the CEO or President of the relevant body or another appropriate person, such as a coach or team manager.
Suspected or alleged breaches of the Anti-Doping Policy should be reported to ASADA (https://www.asada.gov.au/report-doping or 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232)).
WHY IS BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA INTRODUCING THIS SERVICE?
Basketball Australia believes that all participants and other stakeholders should be able to assist in ensuring the integrity of Australian basketball. Basketball Australia is adopting best practice in this aspect of corporate governance and will be compliant with international and Australian corporate governance standards.
HOW DO I MAKE A REPORT?
Basketball Australia has engaged an independent consultant to manage the receipt, recording and reporting of breaches of its integrity framework. STOPline is an independent, confidential and impartial conduit for information that enables the reporting of Prohibited Conduct. STOPline has people experienced in handling sensitive information from stakeholders.
WHO IS STOPLINE?
STOPline is an Australian company which specialises in providing integrity/whistleblowing services. It has been operating for over a decade and assists listed and private companies; local, state and Commonwealth public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Further details are available at www.stopline.com.au
DO I HAVE TO GIVE MY NAME?
No. Your call to STOPline can, if you wish, be anonymous and the staff of STOPline will not ask for any personal details. You may volunteer the information anonymously to STOPline if you desire or you can be overt. If you do not wish to remain anonymous, this information may be provided to the Disclosure Officer at Basketball Australia. If you choose to remain anonymous STOPline will issue a confidential reference and password should you wish to seek the status of your disclosure at some later date. However, not providing your contact information may inhibit a full and proper investigation into the matter and some legislation (e.g. Corporations Act in Australia) will only provide legislative protection if the caller identifies themselves. STOPline can assist at the time of your contact.
IF I MAKE A COMPLAINT REGARDING SUSPECTED MISCONDUCT, HOW WILL I BE PROTECTED?
Basketball Australia is committed to the protection of genuine Whistleblowers against action taken in reprisal for the making of protected disclosures. Maintaining confidentiality is a crucial component of this protection. All disclosures will be treated with a high level of confidentiality. Basketball Australia has appointed STOPline to enhance confidentiality and anonymity within Basketball Australia with respect to Whistleblower procedures.
HOW DOES THE STOPLINE WORK?
STOPline enables participants and other stakeholders to report in good faith, suspected breaches of Basketball Australia’s integrity policies via telephone, email, internet, facsimile or mail, to an independent organisation with trained staff who will receive your concerns confidentially (anonymously if you wish) and provide the confidential information to the Disclosure Officer at Basketball Australia. The program then places procedural requirements on dealing with and finalising the outcome of the disclosure.
WHO AND WHAT IS THE DISCLOSURE OFFICER?
Basketball Australia has appointed persons who are responsible for ensuring that all serious complaints are handled appropriately. The Disclosure Officers are responsible for Basketball Australia’s role in managing disclosures and being the contact point for both STOPline and the Basketball Australia Board. These persons are the CFO and National Sport Integrity Manager.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT THE STOPLINE?
You can contact the STOPline when you have knowledge of any breaches of Basketball Australia’s integrity policies.
AT WHAT TIME CAN I CONTACT THE STOPLINE?
You can telephone the STOPline on 1300 30 45 50 (in Australia) or +61 3 9811 3275 (overseas – reverse charges) during business hours (0800 – 2000 Mon – Fri AEST) to speak with a trained STOPline interviewer. Any messages left will be responded to within one working day. You can also send your disclosure via the internet (this website), email, facsimile or mail at any time of day or night.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT SOMEBODY WON’T JUST MAKE SOME FALSE CLAIM TO SETTLE A PERSONAL GRUDGE?
The strength of STOPline is that all allegations will be professionally managed by trained STOPline staff. The experience of STOPline is that vexatious calls occur very infrequently. STOPline focuses on the message, not the messenger. The Disclosure Officer may decline to investigate the matter if satisfied that the disclosure is trivial, frivolous or vexatious.
WILL I BE KEPT INFORMED ABOUT THE RESULT OF MAKING A REPORT?
Yes. You will be kept advised about the status of the report, decisions made regarding how the matter is to be handled, timeframes that apply and the result of any investigation and action taken. If you choose to remain anonymous, you will be issued with a confidential reference and password and must initiate contact through one of the methods above to receive feedback.
IF I MAKE A REPORT, AM I LIABLE IN ANYWAY?
Where a person who makes a disclosure is implicated in the misconduct, Basketball Australia will use all reasonable efforts to protect the individual from reprisals; however the act of reporting improper conduct may not shield the person from the reasonable consequences flowing from any involvement in serious misconduct.
WHERE ELSE CAN I OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOTLINE SERVICE AND RELATED POLICIES?
Full details are available on Basketball Australia’s website.