APU Anti-Doping Milestones

LoU between IPF and APU re. Responsibilities for TUEs, Testing and Result Management.

APU has engaged the services of PWC to conduct tests (both in-competition and out-of-competition) on behalf of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) who strictly adhere to all WADA regulations and guidelines.

Dear APU Members,


As the Australian Powerlifting Union Ltd. (APU) continues to grow in membership, number of competitions (local through to international) as well as structure (ie: introduction of state bodies), it is important to highlight the stringent anti-doping policies and procedures that are being implemented.


As a recent example, at the 2018 APU WA State Championship, a number of “in-competition“ tests were conducted by Professional Worldwide Controls (PWC) who are an independent ISO certified Anti Doping service provider.


APU has engaged the services of PWC to conduct tests (both in-competition and out-of-competition) on behalf of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) who strictly adhere to all WADA regulations and guidelines. APU has zero tolerance for athletes who wish to engage in doping activities to gain an unfair advantage. As such, APU remains steadfast in its rigorous approach to ensuring all members, whether they be local competitors through to elite international lifters, enjoy the sport of Powerlfiting in a fair environment.


We would like to thank the International Powerlifting Federation for the tremendous support they have provided in building the relationship between APU, IPF and PWC. We look forward to a continuing the agreement together for a long and effective future.



Kindest regards,

APU Board

The APU Anti-Doping Policy has been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). It takes effect on 25 September 2019.



Dear APU Members,


ASADA and the Australian Powerlifting Union (APU) have been working closely together to develop a relationship to ensure that the sport of powerlifting can provide the opportunities for all our athletes to compete in a sport with the best available anti-doping systems available.


We are extremely pleased to announce that the ASADA has approved the APU’s anti-doping policy and has thereby engaged in an agreement to work together and provide anti-doping services for all APU members within.


What does this now mean for APU members?


APU will see ASADA at events held under the APU banner. This will provide the sport with more scope as the cost for testers in some areas will be reduced.


All members will be required to familiarise themselves with the new APU anti-doping policy, which are now on the APU website:




APU members can download the ASADA app. The app will allow you to “check a medication”, ”report doping”, “check a supplement” and “give feedback”.


More details can be found here:


What does this mean for ASADA?


ASADA has a number of responsibilities including:

  • planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and advocating improvements in Doping Control
  • cooperating with relevant national organisations, agencies and other Anti-Doping Organisations
  • encouraging reciprocal Testing between National Anti-Doping Organisations
  • planning, implementing and monitoring anti-doping information, education and prevention programs
  • pursuing potential anti-doping rule violations within its jurisdiction, including investigating whether Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel or other Persons may have been involved in each case of doping, and ensuring proper enforcement of Consequences
  • conducting an automatic investigation of Athlete Support Personnel within its jurisdiction in the case of any anti-doping rule violation by a Minor and of any Athlete Support Personnel who has provided support to more than one Athlete found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation
  • cooperating fully with WADA in connection with investigations conducted by WADA pursuant to Article 20.7.10 of the Code
  • where funding is provided, working with the relevant body to ensure that relevant funding is withheld to an Athlete or Athlete Support Personnel while he or she is serving a period of Ineligibility for violation of anti-doping rules.


What does this mean for APU?

The objectives of the Anti-Doping Policy is to:

  • comply with the Code, ASADA Act, ASADA Regulations (including the NAD scheme) as amended from time to time
  • promote the integrity of our sport by deterring doping in our sport.

The engagement of ASADA for APU is an important step forward for the APU to provide confidence amongst the members, community and potential stakeholders. The relationship between APU and ASADA will provide us with tools needed for the governance of a highly functional sporting organisation.


ASADA provide a number of educational courses online. Some of these will become necessary to complete for eligibility for selection into State and National teams. Others may be necessary for persons taking on certain roles or returning from Sanction. The Club Affiliate manager, Coaches and officials will be required to complete courses for eligibility into roles. APU will also engage ASADA to conduct presentations and workshops for APU’s State branches and club affiliates.


While each APU member is ultimately responsible to comply with APU Anti-doping policy, APU will provide measures to prevent the “avoidable” violations of anti-doping policies of members by providing Education and Awareness.


Overall, the incredible results that have been achieved by APU in such a very short time are due to the relentless efforts of many, and the confidence in us from you, the members. This is another achievement that has been developed by the hard work put in by many.


On behalf of the APU Board, thank you for your continued support.

We will continue to work towards growth and move our sport forward.



Yours in Strength


Sean Muir

President APU Ltd

Dear APU Members,


Australian Powerlifting Union Ltd. Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.


The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia which will replace the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020.


The changes which come into effect on 10 August 2020 are:

• Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);

• Replacing CAS with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes.

• Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and

• Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.


For more details on the changes, please click here


You can stay educated about Anti-Doping by downloading the ASADA Clean Sport App, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.


The App is a one stop shop for Anti-Doping which includes tools to find low risk supplements, check if a medication is banned in sport, complete a virtual reality testing mission, give ASADA feedback, report doping and more.

Dear APU Members,


As per 1 January 2021, a single Australian National Anti-Doping Policy for sports is officially adopted.


The Australian National Anti-Doping Policy reflects the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and amendments to Australian anti-doping legislation. The purpose of the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy is to have a single and consistent set of anti-doping rules across all sports in Australia.



Key changes:

Some of the key changes include: 

·        A new Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV): it is an offence to discourage or retaliate against someone from reporting possible doping activities


·        Protected Persons: a new category of athletes who will be afforded flexibility in consequences and no mandatory public disclosure


·        Substances of Abuse: reduced sanctions for athletes who test positive for ‘Substances of Abuse’ i.e. some social drugs such as cocaine and cannabis.


·        Education: a stronger emphasis on education for all cohorts, as outlined in the new International Standard for Education.


Reference: David Sharpe (CEO Sport Integrity Australia) emailed by Sport Integrity Australia


Please familiarize yourself with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING POLICY via content.cfm ( OR Australian National Anti-Doping Policy | Sport Integrity Australia

Sanction Lists


Lifter                    : Kristy-Lee Swadling

Violation Date      : 2-Jun-19

Substance(s)       : Dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone (DHCMT)

Start                     : 24-Sep-20

End                      : 25-Sep-24

More Info             :


Lifter                    : Alicia Bloom

Violation Date      : 27-03-2021

Substance(s)       : Ostarine

Start                     : 27-Mar-2021

End                      : 27-Mar-2025

More Info             : Powerlifter receives sanction | Sport Integrity Australia