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Victoria Police is setting up a sports integrity unit in the wake of the Australian Crime Commission's report into drugs and corruption in Australian sport.

Premier Ted Baillieu on Thursday told the state parliament that as Victoria was the "home of sport" the government took the revelations "very seriously".

"This report represents a real threat to the integrity of sport in this state, and we take that seriously, and in turn that represents a threat to our economy as well. And we cannot afford to sit idle on that issue," Mr Baillieu said.

The Premier said he had been in contact with the Police Chief Commissioner on Thursday and told question time that Victoria Police was establishing a sporting integrity intelligence unit.

"We will work with Victoria police to make sure we in this state can do whatever we can to assist national agencies and national sporting bodies and indeed those sporting bodies at other levels to ensure that we stamp out any culture that might exist in our state in our sporting bodies, in regards to performance enhancing, energy enhancing or growth hormone drugs. Any use of drugs in this situation is unacceptable."

Police say the new unit will be housed within the Intelligence and Covert Support department and it will be led by a detective sergeant.

"In recent times Victoria Police has been working closely with the Racing Integrity Commissioner, law enforcement agencies, and national sporting bodies regarding the broad issue of integrity in sport.  This has included discussions around illicit drugs, betting, and the risks associated with organised crime infiltrating sporting codes and influencing elite athletes," Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said.

"Victoria Police has had discussions with government about our concerns and intended response. Given the potential economic impact and detriment to our community, Victoria Police is establishing a Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit which will inform our investigative response to these emerging challenges."

The government says it is committed to match-fixing legislation in line with other states.

Mr Baillieu said Victoria Police were already working closely with law enforcement  agencies, national sporting bodies, the Racing Integrity Commissioner and other relevant agencies regarding the issue of integrity in sport.

"The Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit will inform Victoria Police’s investigative response to these emerging challenges," Mr Baillieu said.

Earlier on Thursday Victoria Police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton said the force had asked for legal advice about how it could be involved following the release of the crime commission report.

Mr Ashton said there was a grey area in dealing with performance enhancing drugs and Victoria Police had sought legal advice on the levels of criminality involved.

He said he hoped for better communication between police and sporting codes as a result of the report.