IDIS Programme

Don’t let drugs destroy your future.....

Illicit drugs can be harmful to athletes and bring sport into disrepute. There are many examples of how drug and alcohol abuse can destroy the careers of successful young athletes. The use of illicit drugs in sport is particularly disappointing because so many young Australians look up to our athletes as role models.

Through the Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) Program, Surfing Australia has partnered with the Australian Government to ensure Australian athletes have the education and support to make the right choices when it comes to illicit drugs.

The main aims of the Surfing Australia Illicit Drugs in Sport Program are to:

  • Prevent illicit drug use in elite sport through education programs targeted at athletes, coaches and administrators;
  • Harness the power of positive sporting role models to help deliver community education about the harms of illicit drug use; and
  • Assist athletes identified with a drug problem in getting help.

The ‘Illicit Drugs in Sport’ (IDIS) Online Education Programme is an Australian Government initiative to assist Australian sporting organisations to educate their members of the harms associated with illicit drugs.

The IDIS programme seeks to provide practical tools and strategies to assist athletes, coaches and sports administrators to make appropriate choices when faced with illicit drug issues in their sport through the following courses:

  • IDIS Athlete course: follows the story of four athletes who have it all in front of them and demonstrates the impact of their decisions.

  • IDIS Coaches course: provides the skills and knowledge coaches need to help athletes, set a behavioural standard, monitor it and take remedial action.

  • IDIS Officer course: provides the resources for sports administrators to implement an Illicit Drugs in Sport programme within their sport.

  • IDIS Presenter course: provides the resources required to deliver illicit drugs workshops for sporting organisations.

  • IDIS Athlete Role Model course: provides resources athletes need to deliver a IDIS workshop.

This programme is part of the Australian Government’s Sports Integrity Programme and reinforces the Government’s strong commitment to the protection of sports integrity at all levels of competition, and to combat illicit drug use in all parts of the community.