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2022 Global Education Conference

2022 Global Education Conference

Welcome word from WADA President Witold Bańka

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to WADA’s third Global Education Conference, to be held on 20-22 September 2022 in Sydney, Australia, in partnership with Sport Integrity Australia.

As a former elite sprinter and as demonstrated by social science research, we know that young athletes dreaming of winning an Olympic or Paralympic medal, do not think about breaking the rules to do it. It is vitally important to protect and support the dreams of athletes. We must equip them with the tools so that their mindset is that they will only succeed in an ethical way. 

Education is one of the most powerful tools to support clean sport and it is a priority as part of WADA’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. In the past two years, we have significantly strengthened WADA's education activities. Education is embedded into the World Anti-Doping Code along with detection, enforcement, deterrence, and the rule of law. Education is a core component of any anti-doping program. This was reinforced on 1 January 2021 through the introduction of the first International Standard for Education, which sets out the requirements that all Signatories to the Code need to meet as it relates to education. 

The 2022 Global Education Conference follows on the success of WADA’s previous Conferences in 2015 in Ottawa, Canada, and 2018 in Beijing, China.  This year’s edition will be an opportunity for clean sport education practitioners, as well as other important stakeholders, to come together to expand their knowledge; discuss challenges and opportunities; share best practices; and, inspire each other to create quality education programs for athletes and others worldwide.

I want to personally thank the team at Sport Integrity Australia for their commitment for hosting this event - postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They have been fantastic in organizing the event and providing cultural opportunities for our guests. 

I look forward to seeing you in Sydney in September.

Witold Bańka
President, World Anti-Doping Agency

Welcome word from Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe

Dear Colleagues,

After two years of pandemic postponements, it is with much excitement that we open our arms (and borders) to welcome you to Australia for the WADA Global Education Conference in September 2022.

As CEO, education has long been one of my passions. I believe the protection of athletes’ health and wellbeing should always be our priority, and while every piece of the anti-doping system plays a role, it is our educators who are most critical in protecting athletes from falling afoul of the rules in the first place.

To me, education should also be much more than simply the delivery of information. Our role, when we challenge ourselves, is to connect and engage with our audiences in ways that drive them to want to learn, be engaged and take action to protect themselves, and to protect their sports.

To that end, in addition to hosting the WADA Global Education Conference, Sport Integrity Australia will be delivering the first ever education Innovation Day, and all attendees are invited to participate.

At Innovation Day, we will showcase some of the most creative ideas in anti-doping education from across the world, with the intent to inspire and excite educators about their important role. As a collective, I believe there are always things we can learn from each other, and I hope this day will help us all to think a little differently.

Finally, I would also like to welcome you to attend the Sport Integrity Australia Open Day. While we would ideally invite all attendees to visit our office, the logistics of having the Conference and our Headquarters three hours apart was too difficult to overcome. Instead, we would like to bring our office to you, through a session to learn about our agency and the unique work we do tackling broad integrity threats like match-fixing, child safeguarding, bullying and abuse in sport.

I look forward to seeing you in Sydney for what promises to be a remarkable event.

David Sharpe APM OAM
CEO, Sport Integrity Australia


The Conference will run for two full days (20-21 September) followed by the Sport Integrity Australia Innovation Day (22 September), which will offer workshops to stimulate new ideas and approaches to education as well as an opportunity for regional groups of stakeholders to meet and discuss their progress.

On 19 September, the day before the Conference starts, Sport Integrity Australia will host an Open Day to share information about its operations, including the organization’s expanded sport integrity remit.

19 September - Sport Integrity Australia Open Day

The Open Day is designed to maximise the presence of overseas participants in Sydney and will take place on 19 September 2022. It will provide a 1.5 hour session for participants to come along and learn more about Sport Integrity Australia before heading to the Welcome Reception. Through a short documentary and a Q&A panel, the session will cover how the agency grew from ASADA into one of the world’s only sport integrity bodies, as well as a look into how they tackle the full range of integrity issues including doping, match-fixing, child safeguarding, harassment and bullying in sport.  


The Australian National Maritime Museum - Lighthouse Gallery

2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000

20-21 September - Conference

Conference Program Speaker Bios

The 2022 GEC will focus on the following objectives:

  • Increase stakeholders’ ability to implement the International Standard for Education
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders
  • Increase capability in the ability to deliver an effective education program  
  • Share innovative practice and research

During the Conference, participants will be engaged through presentations, discussions, and activities, which will take place in both plenary and breakout session format.

Coffee and lunch breaks will be centered around networking opportunities, allowing for more personal exchanges and bilateral discussions amongst participants.

*Please also note that WADA will film and take photographs during the Conference.

22 September - Sport Integrity Australia Innovation Day

Innovation Day Program

The Innovation Day will take place immediately following the Conference on 22 September 2022. This day is designed to excite, engage and inspire anti-doping education practitioners around the world by showcasing innovative approaches to learning. In addition, WADA together with Sport Integrity Australia, will organize regional sessions where stakeholders from WADA’s main regions will be able to network and discuss their progress, challenges and needs, with an opportunity to ask questions to the Chair of the WADA Education Committee and the WADA Director of Education.


International Convention Centre Sydney    

14 Darling Drive
Sydney, NSW 2000

Optional activities / Tours

Information will be available soo

General Information

Who should attend?

The Global Education Conference is open to those responsible for supporting the delivery of clean sport education in their respective country, sport or as a responsibility of, for example, a RADO or other service provider. We also encourage Government representatives, academic researchers in the field of social sciences and wider contributors who have a role to play in helping to protect clean sport through education.

The Conference is free for all and registrations will be monitored for appropriateness. We remind all decision makers that the aim is to have those ‘doing the work’ in education to be in attendance so they can benefit from the Conference.

Download the Delegate Invitation Letter


All sessions will be conducted in English. Please note that no simultaneous interpretation will be offered during the Conference.


Participants will receive their accreditation upon arrival at the Conference venue on either Monday 19 September or Tuesday 20 September. For security purposes and to facilitate networking opportunities, the photo submitted during the online registration will be printed on the accreditation. Further information on the photo will be posted on the registration page.

Please note that in an effort to limit printing documents for the Conference, neither the list of participants nor the detailed program will be distributed onsite. This information will be available to all registered participants through the mobile app for the Conference.

Presentations and Conference documents

Following the Conference, participants will have access to PDF copies of the presentations and documents presented during the Conference. Further information will be sent out after the Conference.

Meals and Social Events

On each day of the Conference, coffee/tea breaks and lunch will be offered to registered participants.

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception will be held in the afternoon of 19 September at the Maritime Museum. Drinks and canapes will be provided. The dress code is casual. Further information will be provided.

Gala Dinner

Following the end of Day 2, on 21 September, a gala dinner will be held for all participants. Dinner will be served on the Starship Sydney as we cruise Sydney Harbour. The dress code is business casual (no need to wear a tie, a suit, or a formal dress, but please don’t turn up in jeans and flip flops!). Further information will be provided.


Australia does not exclude access to any travelers on the basis of nationality or country of origin, and has a world-class visa processing framework, with relatively few travel and visa restrictions for delegates and organizers wishing to enter the country.

Passport holders from most countries can apply for a visa online. Standard health and character checks are part of the visa application process.

All visitors to Australia require a valid passport and visa to enter the country.

It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain their visa.

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia, and the appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia, and activities that they will be undertaking. As such, the appropriate visa options delegates and organisers will be eligible for, will be outlined in the registration process.

Online application

ImmiAccount is a single point of entry into the department’s online visa services. Information about ImmiAccount including how to create an ImmiAccount, go to: Applying online in ImmiAccount (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Applicants who lodge their visa applications online will need to ensure that adequate supporting documents are attached to their online visa application. 

A guide on how to attach documents to an online application is available at:  Applying online in ImmiAccount (homeaffairs.gov.au) under “Attach documents to an application”.

Should you require, as part of your visa application, the name and title of the inviting person, please use the following:

Name: Mr David Sharpe APM OAM
Title: Chief Executive Officer, Sport Integrity Australia

While the organising committee is not able to organise your Visa for you - should you have questions on the process, please contact International Engagement, Sport Integrity Australia – InternationalEngagement@sportintegrity.gov.au.

COVID-19 Information

Information for International Guests

COVID-related entry requirements into Australia can change at any time. While every effort will be made to keep participants updated, we recommend you use the following two sites as your source of official information: 

  1. Australian government requirements: Travelling to Australia 
  2. New South Wales State Government (state of Sydney): NSW Health guidelines for all international arrivals | NSW Government

Unvaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents, and visitors can now enter and leave Australia at any time without needing an individual travel exemption. All incoming travellers will need to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel. This means if you are transiting to Sydney via another Australian airport (for example Brisbane or Melbourne), you will need to understand and comply with the requirements for that state. Restrictions can change at any time.

People arriving in Australia will no longer need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration. International travellers visiting NSW are not required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and are not required to wear a face mask in airports but must wear a mask while on the aircraft.


It will not be a requirement for Conference participants to test on arrival or during the Conference. However, if symptoms arise, you are encouraged to test.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) can be purchased from pharmacies and some supermarkets for approximately AUD10-15 per test. The nearest pharmacies are:

  • Karp Eddie – 313 Harris Street Pyrmont, NSW 2009
  • Harbourside Day and Night Pharmacy – Shop 431, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
  • Pyrmont Pharmacy – Shop 4b/60 Union Street Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Use this link for pharmacies near the ICC – Pharmacies near you | Pharmacy Finder

PCR tests will come at a cost, which varies between testing clinics. You must take identification with you (e.g. passport). Three PCR testing sites are located within a 15-minute walk from ICC. Use the following link to obtain details. It can take 24-72 hours to receive the result of a PCR test and you are required to isolate until your result has been received, unless otherwise advised by NSW Health.

COVID-19 clinics - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)


It is currently not a requirement to wear a mask in most indoor settings in NSW, however there are some settings where masks are still required, including at a hospital, in a cruise terminal and on public transport (including buses, trains, taxis and ferries). For the most up-to-date information about mask wearing requirements, please refer here:

Face mask rules | NSW Government

There is no requirement to wear a mask at the Conference or social function venues. However, NSW Health encourages mask wearing indoors, where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others. Participants are encouraged to bring their own masks. Otherwise, masks can be purchased at pharmacies and supermarkets nearby.

International Travel tests

COVID-19 testing for international travel clearance purposes (departures) is conducted at private pathology clinics only and charges apply for this service. If you return a negative test result, you will be issued a testing clearance certificate, which you will need to board your flight. You may be required to book in advance for this service. You are not required to isolate while waiting for the results when it is for international travel clearance purposes only. There are two testing sites close to the International Convention Centre (conference venue) offering this service:

If you test positive during the conference, you can apply for an exemption from the pre-departure test, as it is highly likely that a test will still show a positive result even after completing your seven (7) days isolation.

Action Plan

  • In the event that a Conference participant tests positive to COVID during the Conference, that person must immediately self-isolate for five (5) days from the day they did their test. If the participant continues to have acute symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath, they must remain in self-isolation for seven (7) days from the day they did their test. This should be in their current hotel/accommodation if possible. This is in accordance with Government advice.
  • If the test taken is a RAT, the COVID-positive participant must inform NSW Health by registering their positive test on the Services NSW website so they can be linked to important health care support and advice based on their COVID-19 risk (a PCR test will automatically inform NSW Health).
  • The COVID-positive participant must inform the Conference organisers – Sport Integrity Australia’s on-site contact (+61 439 250 274) of the positive result.
  • In the event that a Conference participant tests positive to COVID during the Conference, other Conference participants will not be required to go into mandatory quarantine. This is in accordance with Government advice.
  • If the COVID-positive participant is an international guest, they will need to arrange their own hotel quarantine for the mandatory isolation period. Any associated costs are at the expense of the international guest/their organisation.
  • If the COVID-positive participant is an Australian guest, but not an employee of SIA, they will need to work with their own organisation to arrange travel or hotel quarantine requirements. Any associated costs are at the expense of the individual/their organisation.
  • Support for COVID-positive participants is available using any of the key contacts below or online at NSW Health COVID-19 self-isolation guideline | NSW Government

Key Contacts:

NSW Health – 137788 (open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm)

NSW Health Isolation Support Line – 1800 943 553, if you need practical assistance during self-isolation

Sport Integrity Australia on-site contact: +61 439 250 274

Important Dates

  • 15 August 2022

    Deadline for accommodation booking

  • 5 September 2022

    Registration deadline

  • 19 September 2022

    Sport Integrity Australia - Open Day

  • 20-21 September 2022

    WADA 2022 Global Education Conference

  • 22 September 2022

    Sport Integrity Australia - Innovation Day

Venues and Transportation

Conference venue

WADA’s 2022 Global Education Conference will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), located next to Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia.

International Convention Centre Sydney

14 Darling Drive
Sydney, NSW 2000


While simple public transport is available, the current NSW Government COVID advice recommends participants flying to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport take a private car, taxi or ride share to their accommodation. Travel time from the airport to downtown hotels is about 15-20 minutes.  

How to reach the Conference Venue (ICC)

All of the official Conference hotels are located within walking distance to Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

How to reach the Maritime Museum

All of the official Conference hotels  are located within walking distance to The Australian National Maritime Museum.

Networking / Delegate App

More information to come

An App will be available for all participants to download prior to the Conference.  The App will feature the conference program, maps, event details, updates and networking functions.


Participation is free for all attendees. Each participant is responsible for their travel expenses and accommodations.

Registration Deadline and Cancellation Policy

The registration deadline is 5 September 2022.

However, note that all international participants require a visa to enter Australia. Therefore, we  strongly encourage our international delegates to register no later than 15 August 2022, in order to allow enough time to obtain their visa.


For security and logistical reasons, individuals who have not registered online and who have not received an electronic confirmation of their registration will not be granted access to the Conference.

We understand that due to the ongoing pandemic, travel policies and restrictions may change between the time you register and when you are due to travel. We would appreciate notice if you become unable to travel and therefore need to cancel your registration. Please contact wada@con-sol.com.


WADA reserves the right to refuse admission to future WADA events to persons who register for the 2022 Global Education Conference but do not show up. Therefore, we kindly ask that if you need to cancel your registration that you notify the Conference Organizers at wada@con-sol.com.


Deadline for hotel booking is 15 August 2022.

After this date, rooms will be offered upon availability; kindly send an email to the secretariat (wada@con-sol.com) to arrange a hotel booking.

Sofitel Darling Harbour

Just next door from the Conference venue, the 5 star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour sets the benchmark for luxury and elegant experience. The rooms & suites combine French elegance and contemporary design, with breathtaking views of the Harbour.
0,3 km from ICC Sydney

Novotel Darling Harbour

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour sits in the heart of Darling Harbour, ideally situated for business and family travel. Enjoy exploring the city then unwind in your spacious room, waking up with a dip in the pool, followed by breakfast in The Ternary.
1,0 km from ICC Sydney

Ibis Darling Harbour

Centrally located in the heart of Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's most popular 3.5-star hotels. ibis is renowned for its quality, simplicity and value for money with many rooms boasting spectacular views of Darling Harbour.
1,0 km from ICC Sydney


ParkRoyal Darling Harbour offers spacious guestrooms boasting stunning views, in a central location close to Sydney’s best attractions. The hotel’s superb location means that you are only minutes from some of the city’s most popular retail, dining and entertainment venues.
0,8 km from ICC Sydney

Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments

For travellers in search of centrally located Darling Harbour hotels with free Wi-Fi in one of Sydney’s most sought-after locations, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments in Darling Harbour is the perfect choice. Combining comfortable, self-contained apartments, this hotel is perfect for every kind of trip; whether you’re in town for one night or looking for an extended stay.
0,8 km from ICC Sydney

Metro Aspire

Sydney lies on your doorstep at this excellent value, completely refurbished CBD hideaway with your own private balcony in leafy surrounds. If you’re looking for Hotel accommodation near Darling Harbour without the noise and the Darling Harbour prices then Metro Aspire Hotel is the hotel for you.
3,0 km from ICC Sydney


Registration Management

Ms. Caitlin Waddell
Conference Solutions
Email: wada@con-sol.com

Phone: +61 2 6285 3000

Conference Management

Ms. Anaïs Lefevre
World Anti-Doping Agency

Phone: +1 514 375 6675

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About WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded by the sport movement and governments of the world. Our key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries. WADA is headquartered in Montreal, Canada and has offices in Cape Town, Lausanne, Montevideo, Tokyo and Warsaw.

About Sport Integrity Australia

Sport Integrity Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2020 as a single agency to deal with existing and emerging integrity issues in sport.  

Our role is to provide advice and assistance to counter the:

  • use of prohibited substances and methods in sport
  • abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment
  • manipulation of sporting competitions
  • failure to protect members of sporting organisations and other persons in a sporting environment from bullying, intimidation, discrimination or harassment.

To address these issues, we coordinate and develop new threat responses including prevention, detection, investigation and enforcement programs.