Principal investigator

Primary purpose of the role

A Sport Integrity Australia Principal Investigator plans, leads, coordinates and manages specific investigation activities into:

  1. Possible Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)
  2. Sport Integrity matters; and
  3. Allegations of fraud against Sport Integrity Australia.

A Sport Integrity Australia Principal Investigator primarily manages investigations into ADRVs by athletes or athlete support persons and Sport Integrity matters in line with the National Integrity Framework. In conducting this function the team works closely with other areas of Sport Integrity Australia, Australian regulatory and law enforcement bodies, anti-doping organisations internationally, sports organisations and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In addition, Sport Integrity Australia’s Investigation Team is responsible for the investigation of allegations of fraud against the agency.

All investigations are conducted in accordance with legislative requirements and best practice methodologies.

Key duties

The duties of the Principal Investigator will vary according to the needs of the Executive and Senior Executive as informed by the Director Investigations, under limited direction duties and responsibilities include:

  • Effectively, efficiently and professionally coordinate and manage investigations into possible ADRVs in Australian sport in accordance with Sport Integrity Australia priorities;
  • Effectively, efficiently and professionally coordinate and manage investigations into possible sports integrity matters, in line with sport policies, and in accordance with legislative requirements and best practice methodologies;
  • Effectively, efficiently and professionally coordinate and manage investigations in allegations of fraud against the agency;
  • All ADRV investigations are to be conducted in accordance with the requirements of Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020, Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020, WADA’s International Standard for Testing and Investigations;
  • All investigations are to be conducted in accordance with relevant Australian Government legislation and policies, including the Australian Government Investigations Standards;
  • Coordinate, plan and manage the use of team resources to ensure accountability that required outcomes are delivered within agreed timeframes and within budget;
  • Maintain sustainable and effective operational relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Australian regulatory and law enforcement bodies, anti-doping organisations internationally, sports organisations and WADA;
  • Enhance the capability and reputation of Sport Integrity Australia;
  • Assist, identify and recommend mitigation strategies for potential risks to achieving Sport Integrity Australia’s mission and objectives;
  • Develop written investigation plans, reports and high quality briefs of evidence;
  • Mentor, lead and develop investigation team staff, and where required multi-disciplinary teams to achieve Sport Integrity Australia’s investigative objectives; and

Key accountabilities

The key accountabilities of the Principal Investigator include, but is not limited to:

  • Ensure compliance with the National Anti-Doping (NAD) scheme, the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020, the World Anti-Doping Code and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013;
  • Ensure compliance with the Sport Integrity Australia Investigations Manual and Australian Government Investigation Standards;
  • Ensure that APS Values and Code of Conduct are adhered to at all times
  • Endorse and encourage ‘best practice’ record keeping in accordance with Sport Integrity Australia Record Keeping Policy and Information Governance Framework;
  • Cooperate with the employer and comply with all relevant legislation and Sport Integrity Australia health and safety policies, procedures and instructions and Sport Integrity Australia ICT and Information Governance Framework; and
  • Work and act safely and take all reasonable care to protect personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.

Key Challenges

  • Being alert and vigilant to gauge the credibility of information provided by sources, which are traditionally considered unreliable.
  • Maintaining standards of quality processes and reports in keeping with the principles of natural justice, fairness and the public interest
  • Some matters are likely to be contentious or complex issues that have scope for alternative interpretation requiring tact, persuasion and sensitivity within the application of guidelines

Eligibility

Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting Security Clearance and Working with Vulnerable People Card and may be required to undergo a medical assessment.

Sport Integrity Australia staff must comply with security (physical, personnel and IT) security controls and mandatory training.

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide a ‘pitch’ outlining your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements and why you should be considered for this vacancy. You do not need to provide a separate response to each of the criteria in your written application.

You should take into consideration the position description and selection criteria above when drafting your ‘pitch’. As much as possible include specific relevant examples of your work. When including examples, it is recommended you frame them around the following approach, commonly known as the STAR method:

  • describe the SITUATION or problem,
  • highlight the TASK you had to accomplish,
  • tell what ACTIONS you took to achieve the task, and
  • show the RESULT – what you achieved and what you learned.
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