Competition Manipulation And Sport Gambling

Manipulating sports competitions, commonly known as ‘match-fixing’ is when someone alters a sporting competition to remove the unpredictable nature of the competition to obtain an undue advantage, or benefit. 

People are motivated to manipulate competitions for a variety of reasons such as to get a better draw in a round-robin tournament (often referred to as tanking) or to avoid relegation to a lower competition. Another reason people manipulate competitions is to profit through betting markets by underperforming intentionally.

In most Australian states and territories, the manipulation of sporting competitions can result in a criminal conviction and up to ten years in jail. Participants of a sport involved in manipulating competitions will also likely face a long ban from sport. More information can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website.

For more information, check out the Competition Manipulation & Sport Gambling Fact Sheet.

Click here for information to help 13-17 year old's understand the Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy.

Click here to view our Competition Manipulation & Sport Gambling Policy.

Click here to read about Courtsiding (also known as pitch-siding) which is the practice of the instant, covert transmission of information about developments in a sports event to obtain an advantage over wagering service providers

Click here to read about Data Scouts at Australian sporting events.

Click here to read about safe ways to Livestream your sporting events.


For integrity enquiries and education opportunities please contact our National Integrity Manager.


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