The Australian Olympic Committee should brace for a fallout over its plan to make athletes and staff swear to a drug-free past, says the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Australian WADA president John Fahey says while he appreciates the attempt to ensure a clean green and gold Games team, he fears "unintended consequences".

"If we say you'll never represent the country the moment you admit you've taken drugs, then the temptation is to lie and that worries me," Fahey told AAP in London on Tuesday.

The AOC has announced the introduction of the landmark rule in the midst of the current doping scandal engulfing the nation's sporting sector.

It will be mandatory for all future Australian Olympians to sign a statutory declaration about doping, with refusal to do so, or an admission, making them ineligible for team inclusion or AOC employment.

Those found to have lied about their status face up to five years jail under the country's criminal code.

While AOC staff will be required to sign the document within weeks, those competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games will be the first athletes subject to the new guideline.

"I support the intention of the AOC," Fahey said.

"They are making a clear statement: they do not want cheats in future Australian Olympic teams ... (but) that can be done by incentives rather than by punitive actions if you fail to tell the truth. Will it have an unintended consequence? I fear it might."

In announcing news of changes to the AOC's Ethical Behaviour By-Law, president John Coates said its enforcement would mean working closely with WADA and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

"This may include verifying the contents of a statutory declaration, reporting suspected false declarations, or identifying instances where a person or group of persons refuses to sign the statutory declaration altogether," Coates said in a statement.

Fahey dismissed the idea of an amnesty and said openness is the key.

"You admit that you've been cheating and you give assistance, for example, as to where you got your source of performance-enhancing drugs, who condoned it, who assisted you in doing it and who else is cheating," he said.

"(Providing the authorities with) that sort of substantial assistance will mean you are out of the sport for as little as six months."


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