Establishing a one-stop integrity shop is being considered as a key weapon to help WA sports in their fight against drug use.
At an urgent meeting in Perth yesterday, the State's sporting chiefs were asked to gather details on how their codes were confronting drug use at the elite levels with the view to forming a shared integrity service that would operate as part of the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Department director-general Ron Alexander will travel to Melbourne on Thursday representing the State Government at a briefing from Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy on the explosive drugs in sport report handed down last week by the Australian Crime Commission.
Mr Alexander was confident yesterday that WA sporting bodies were not of "particular focus" in the report. He said his department would collate submissions from the codes when they all met again, likely to be within a month, and then look at setting up the integrity service. It would provide sports with a central hub where they could seek strategies and solutions for drug-related problems.
"They are all going back to reflect on their codes to look to see if there are any gaps and look at areas where they've got to go harder," Mr Alexander said.
"The agencies which have integrity units are happy to share their information, how to go about it and anything they think the sports should be doing, so we'll co-ordinate those sorts of things. What they're look for is a service where they can ring up with a certain issue and find out what they should be doing.
"It will then evolve and become more sophisticated as we learn more." Mr Alexander also revealed that WA's sporting chiefs had asked for more regular briefings from agencies such as his department, police and racing and wagering officials, who all addressed yesterday's meeting, about the pitfalls and temptations athletes may be facing.
He believed the way WA's two AFL clubs, West Coast and Fremantle, had dealt with drug-related problems at their respective clubs had not only been a credit to them, but had also created a blueprint for other sporting bodies to follow.
Mr Alexander said last week's ACC report ensured sport remained alert.
"Sometimes people are sitting thinking, 'It's not us, it's not me' and then they get a wake-up call," he said.
"You have to be aware, we have to make sure young people are protected, we have to make sure who we've got on our staff - all of those sorts of things."