Basketball Victoria

SAPA manages Basketball Victoria's integrity function.

SAPA has been engaged by Basketball Victoria since December 2023 as their Outsourced In-House Legal and Integrity Advisor. 

SAPA manages Basketball Victoria’s Integrity mailbox daily which involves assessing enquiries from and advising Basketball Victoria’s affiliated associations and clubs in relation to its By-Laws, regulations and tribunal hearing processes, as well as convening tribunal hearings where participants are reported for alleged breaches of the By-Laws. These processes are important for upholding a high standard of safety and wellbeing for all Basketball Victoria participants. SAPA also supports Basketball Victoria in managing high-profile and sensitive issues that require attention to the interests of both internal and external stakeholders. 

In February 2024, SAPA attended the Basketball Australia Integrity Conference in Melbourne on behalf of Basketball Victoria, in which we engaged in discussions on important integrity-related issues in basketball including Child Safeguarding. SAPA is committed to meeting with the Basketball Victoria Integrity team to discuss high-priority integrity issues twice a week, understand Basketball Victoria’s risk profile and advise on specific risk mitigation strategies for integrity matters where required. We also provide Basketball Victoria with a monthly report following the end of each month, which summarises key items including time spent on Basketball Victoria matters, the number of individual matters resolved, major work and projects completed, and the number of tribunal hearings conducted.

SAPA is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of Basketball Victoria’s By-Laws and regulations to ensure they are updated and aligned with the requirements of Basketball Victoria, and the changing landscape of integrity issues within sport and basketball.

"Since coming on board last year as our legal & integrity advisor, SAPA have made an immediate and tremendous impact in effectively managing the increasing demand and wide range of integrity and governance issues facing Basketball Victoria. The team is reliable and dedicated to handling these matters in a way that delivers the best outcomes for all involved, and SAPA’s experience across different sports and legal teams has been invaluable.

We really enjoy working with the team on improving our internal processes and having SAPA’s resources means Basketball Victoria minimises the risk of having the knowledge and services invested in one key person in the integrity function."
Ben Pahl
Basketball Victoria COO