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Independent Review of Gymnastics in Australia 

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In a commitment to athlete safety and wellbeing, Gymnastics Australia has engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct an independent Review of the sport of gymnastics in Australia.

The Review will build an understanding of the sport’s culture, athlete experience and barriers to reporting misconduct and abuse.

As part of the Review, the Commission consulted with former and current athletes and their families, coaches, officials, administrators, and former and current staff at all levels of the sport. Consultation for the Review has now ended.

The final report of the Commission's Review will be released in May 2021.

Participating in the Review

In conducting this Review, the Commission invited members of the gymnastics community to provide input in writing via a ‘written submission’ or verbal input by participating in a focus group or interview.

Participation in the Review has now closed.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outline what the Review is examining and will report on in more detail.

Download Terms of Reference (PDF)

 

Download Terms of Reference (Word)

Further information

If you need mental health support or counselling

Please contact the below services to seek support

If your situation is urgent:

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
www.lifeline.org.au


Other services:

The Australian Institute of Sport Mental Health Referral Network (MHRN)

The MHRN provides support to current and alumni athletes and their families, and current and former staff of the AIS and their families.
Phone: +61 2 6214 1130 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm AET)
Email: mentalhealth@sportaus.gov.au
www.ais.gov.au/mhrn

Beyond Blue 1800 512 348
Mental wellbeing telephone and online support service.
beyondblue.org.au

Eheadspace 1800 650 893
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25 year olds, their family and friends.
www.headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

MensLine - professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Phone 1300 78 99 78 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). MensLine online counselling.

1800Respect - confidential counselling, information and support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse via phone or online chat. Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). 1800Respect online chat.

Youth focused mental health and support services 

Headspace - Call eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or online at www.headspace.org.au

Kids Helpline - Call 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au

ReachOut - Online at reachout.com.au

SANE Australia - Call 1800 187 263 or online at sane.org

Orygen Digital - Call 1800 888 320 or online at Moderated Online Social Therapy platform

 

Making a complaint

The Commission will not be investigating nor making findings about individual allegations of misconduct, bullying, abuse, sexual harassment or assault as part of the Review.

Individual complaints related to misconduct, bullying, abuse, sexual harassment and assault towards an athlete can be made to the newly established independent complaints management process. The process is not in any way part of the Commission’s Review process and will be managed by two independent statutory authorities—Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) and the National Sports Tribunal (NST).  Further information on the process, including how to make a complaint can be found here