Ethics and Integrity Committee

Paddle Australia (PA) is the national organisation responsible for the management, coordination,
development and promotion of canoe, kayak and paddle sports in Australia. PA represents the interests of
its members to government and the public.

PA is the peak sports body for these disciplines and is recognised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF);
Oceania Canoe Association (OCA); Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS);
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).

Paddle Australia and its Member Associations have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of
paddling in Australia as well as the health and well-being of athletes.

Paddle Australia and its Member Associations are committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical
behaviour in all of their activities, and to promoting and supporting a culture of honest and ethical behaviour,
as well as best practice corporate governance.

Integrity encompasses all of the elements needed to preserve what is intrinsically of value about paddling
and to uphold the principles of safety, fairness, and inclusion in paddling. Furthermore, the organisation must
ensure that it complies with both internal and external rules, regulatory requirements and laws in an ethical
and responsible manner to ensure the efficient and effective governance of the sport.

The complete Expression of Interest document can be found here

Ethics and Integrity Committee – Terms of Reference

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AMSA – Levy Exemption Release

                                                                                                                                                       27th April 2018


Australian Canoeing has welcomed the announcement, made yesterday by the Department of Infrastructure, that the original proposal to exempt unpowered Class 4 hire-and-drive vessels, such as canoes and kayaks, has been reinstated.

During the consultation in 2016 regarding cost recovery for services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, Australian Canoeing and its Member State Associations made representations to AMSA that canoes and kayaks should be exempt. These proposals were accepted.

On 20th April 2018, the Department of Infrastructure announced via email that it now proposed to include canoes and kayaks in the levy system, requiring submissions on the issue by 30th April.

‘As far as we were concerned, the exemption had long been agreed. It is a great relief that common sense has prevailed,’ explained Phil Jones, CEO of Australian Canoeing. ‘The recent decision to include canoes and kayaks was made with no consultation.’

‘We have previously made the case that the implications for our commercial operators would be devastating. The whole basis of the levy was flawed. The charge per vessel proposed would have put many of our operators out of business. To differentiate between a kayak, which was proposed to be included and a surf ski, that was to be exempt, is clearly ridiculous.’

‘The effect of canoes and kayaks being included in the levy having to be paid by the operators would have been a reduction in the amount of proper training and organised activity on offer. This in turn would have seen more people on the water without the appropriate skills or support. Paradoxically, this would have had a negative impact on the safety outcome.’

‘At a time when the Federal Government is about to release the National Sports Plan, which will have a focus on increased participation in sport and recreation, the inclusion of canoes and kayaks in this legislation would have had the opposite effect.’

‘Australian Canoeing and our Member State Associations acknowledge the great work done by many of our operators in putting together submissions at such short notice and lobbying to have the exemption reinstated. We also welcome the support of the state outdoor organisations such as Outdoor Victoria and the QORF.’

Australian Canoeing will continue to work to ensure best practice standards across an industry that has an exemplary safety record.

For further information contact:

Phil Jones – Australian Canoeing CEO

Phone – 02 9763 0670

AMSA – Proposed Levy Changes

For owners and operators of unpowered hire and drive vessels

In the 2016 consultation—Cost recovery for services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety—it was proposed to exempt unpowered class 4 hire-and-drive vessels (such as kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and small sailing vessels) from the national system levy. Subsequent to those proposals, and based on further work, it is now proposed that these vessels be included in the levy scheme.

Further to this consultation, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has this week released the draft levy legislative instruments, or rules.

These rules set out the domestic commercial vessels that will be required to pay a levy, the amount of the levy payable and the schedule of fees for certificates and other related services.

The Department welcomes written submissions on the draft legislative instruments by Monday 30 April 2018. The consultation timeframe is necessary to ensure arrangements can be in place by 1 July 2018.

Visit the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website to find out more.

Please note: the consultation is not intended to determine the level of services or the scope of the levy under these instruments. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) initial service offering and charging arrangements under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety have been agreed by the Australian Government and are consistent with the Australian Government Charging Framework.

The levy for the national system will be phased in gradually to allow time for industry to adjust and prepare for the changes. Details on the subsidised levy charges are outlined on AMSA’s website.

Advice provided by the Australian Government; Australian Maritime Safety Authority


GP2 Schedule Updated

After discussions with the Coaches and Team Managers at the Team Leaders meeting it was agreed that due to the forecast in hot weather the events on Saturday and Sunday will be rescheduled.

This reschedule will ensure that athletes race in the Olympic distances before the forecast hot weather sets in and then complete their non-Olympic distances.

The updated schedule and lane draw can be found here

Australian Canoeing apologies for the inconvenience, however we take the health and safety of athletes, officials, volunteer and coaches with great importance.




High intensity exercise in a hot environment, with the associated fluid loss and elevation of body temperature, can lead to Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Precautions for reducing heat injuries include:



  • Do Not Wait To Feel Thirsty Before You Drink!
  • Sweat is mainly water and a very little salt.
  • Drink cool water as it is absorbed more rapidly than warm water.
  • If competing for more than one hour, use a sports drink – a carbohydrate drink of 5-10% concentration with a small amount of sodium chloride (salt tablets should be avoided because of their very high sodium chloride content, which can make dehydration worse). Diluted sports drinks, cordial and fruit juices should also be made available or recommended. Not only will this make the fluids more palatable but it will be beneficial for replacing fluids, energy and electrolytes lost during exercise. It will delay the onset of exercise-induced exhaustion and hence aid in the prevention of heat stroke.
  • It is recommended that officials and participants drink at least 7-8ml of fluid per kg of body mass to diminish the risk of heat illness.
  • Fluid should begin to be consumed at least two hours before exercising to promote adequate hydration.
  • Thirst is a poor indicator – it is a late signal of severe fluid loss.
  • Drink at least 500 ml (2-3 glasses) ½ to 1 hr before a race. Drink at least 500 ml to 1 litre (5-6 glasses) after a race and continue to drink until fluid losses are replaced.



  • Wear a hat, cap or visor – a broad brimmed hat is preferred.
  • Wear a 30+ sunscreen to prevent skin damage and skin cancer.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Replace sweat-saturated garments with dry clothing.

World Master Games Team Uniform

Are you competing at the 2017 World Master Games in New Zealand?

Australian Canoeing have designed a uniform available for AC members to purchase to wear during the World Master Games. Please click here to view the uniform and start your order.

Orders must be submitted by 26th February 2017.

Any questions about the uniform please contact Courtney McMillan ( and 02 9763 0670).