Competition-fixing (in other sports, this is usually referred to as match-fixing) involves the manipulation of an outcome or betting contingency by competitors, teams, sports agents, support staff and crews, officials, sports administrators and venue staff. Examples of competition-fixing includes:
- Deliberate fixing of the result of an event, or of an occurrence within the event;
- Deliberate underperformance;
- Withdrawal (also known as tanking);
- An official's deliberate misapplication of the rules of the event; and
- Abuse of insider information to support a bet placed by any of those listed above or placed by a gambler who has recruited such people to manipulate an outcome or contingency.
The CAMS National Policy on Competition-Fixing (the Policy) was implemented in July 2015 to address the threat of competition-fixing within motor sport and the corruption that flows from that. CAMS has a zero tolerance for illegal gambling and competition-fixing and is committed to protecting motor sport from any efforts to improperly influence the result(s) of any event or competition.
Illegal or fraudulent betting and the associated competition-fixing has the potential to cause significant damage to the integrity of motor sport. Given the number of sports worldwide that have been hit with ‘fixing’ scandals in recent years, CAMS and its affiliated clubs have a major obligation to work together to prevent similar damaging behaviour from occurring in motor sport.
Deterring and dealing with competition-fixing is complex. Further to administering the Policy, it is CAMS’ intention to continue to work collaboratively with governments, sports betting operators and other sporting organisations in a manner that is consistent with the Federal Government’s ‘National Policy on Match-Fixing’, as agreed by Australian governments on 10 June 2011.
To download a copy of the Policy, click on the relevant link in the table below.
Code of Conduct
Schedule 1 of the Policy contains a code of conduct which sets out CAMS’ guiding principles and rules for motor sport participants in the context of competition-fixing. Whilst the code of conduct forms a part of the Policy, it can be separated from the full version and used to communicate and promote the Policy in a more convenient (shorter and simpler) manner. CAMS encourages clubs to attach the code of conduct to club emails, newsletters, advertisements and even the club’s website as a means of playing their role in protecting their events from competition-fixing.
At all times, the full version of the Policy will be made available via the CAMS website.
CAMS’ guiding principles, as outlined in the code of conduct are:
- Be smart: know the rules;
- Be safe: never bet on your sport;
- Be careful: never share sensitive information;
- Be clean: never fix an event; and
- Be open: tell someone if you are approached.
To download the code of conduct section of the Policy, click on the relevant link in the table below.
Education and further information
The Federal Government’s National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) has developed a free online course called Keep Sport Honest which covers the following key areas of competition-fixing:
- What is competition-fixing in sport? – history and examples;
- Growth of sports betting and why competition-fixing has become a significant threat to the integrity of sport;
- How competition-fixing can ruin careers and endanger lives;
- How ‘fixers’ may target competitors, officials and other relevant people;
- Addictions—a gateway to corruption;
- How to protect competitors, officials and other relevant persons from corruption and their reporting requirements;
- Code of conduct requirements and other integrity tools; and
- Support and counselling options.
For further information on the Policy or for help understanding your obligations in the competition-fixing context, contact the CAMS Integrity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9593 7777.
General information about the Federal Government’s National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport is available via the NISU’s website.
A. CAMS National Policy on Competition-Fixing
B. Code of Conduct (Competition-Fixing)
C. Keep Sport Honest online module