There are five National Sports Bodies who run classification for track and field in Australia, please read through below for information on how to obtain a classification in your relevant impairment group. If you are unsure or would like some assistance in obtaining a classification please complete the Athletics Australia Request for Classification form. Once you have completed this form an Athletics Australia staff member will contact you and advise you on the next step of your classification process.
PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT: National Sports Organisation - Athletics Australia
Athletics Australia is responsible for all physical impairment classifications, please view the National Classification Calendar to see when the next classification opportunity for Physical Impairment is occurring. You can follow the links on the calendar to register for the classification day with the State Member Association administering the event. These National Classifications allow physical impairment athletes to compete at any athletic event up to an including national level events.
Athletes wishing to compete internationally under a physical impairment must be classified separately as an international athletes. Athletes wishing to be classified as an international athlete are Advised to contact Athletics Australia for more information.
VISION IMPAIRMENT: National Sports Organisation - Australian Paralympic Committee
The APC are responsible for managing classification opportunities for athletes with a vision impairment. The testing procedure is standard across all Paralympic sports, however athletes must specify a sport when they are seeking classification as classes are sports specific. Athletes wishing to obtain a classification as a vision impaired athlete must obtain a diagnosis report outlining their current level of vision from their Ophthalmologist. Athletes must complete the APC 'Get Into Sport' form or contact Classification Services on 02 9704 0500 to register for a provisional or national level classification.
INTELLECTUAL IMPAIRMENT: National Sports Organisation - AUSRAPID
AUSRAPID are the national organisation responsible for classifying athletes with an Intellectual Impairment. Athletes wishing to participate in athletics as an Intellectually impaired at national level events must complete the AUSRAPID National Eligibility Application form.
Athletes who wish to compete internationally under an intellectual impairment, must apply through AUSRAPID to receive an INAS classification. INAS classifications are for para-athletes with an Intellectual Disability who participate in track and field events offered at an international level and athletes who would like to be considered for selection to compete at international athletics events. For more information on an INAS classification read the INAS application procedures.
HEARING IMPAIRMENT: National Sports Organisation - Deaf Sports Australia
Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) is the national sports organisation that are responsible for Hearing Impaired classifications. Athletes wishing to obtain a classification as a Hearing Impaired Athlete, must first obtain an Audiogram. Athletes then must download and complete the Audiogram Classification Form and return it to DSA. Please return completed forms to Irena Farinacci at Deaf Sports Australia. For more information on Hearing Impaired classification please read the DSA Sport Participation Page.
Application for Hearing Impaired Classification
TRANSPLANT IMPAIRMENT: National Sports Organisation - Transplant Australia
Athletes who have received a transplant, and wish to be classified as a transplant athlete must apply through Transplant Australia. To obtain a transplant classification athletes must complete the Application for Transplant Classification Form and return it to Transplant Australia. The application form is to be completed by both the Athlete and their Transplant Specialist. Once completed the application is to be returned to Richelle King at Transplant Australia for classification.
Application for Transplant Impaired Classification
Completion of an Athlete Classification
Once an athlete's classification has been confirmed they will receive a copy of their results from the classification (for all impairment groups) which they can use to enter in track and field events up to and including the level of classification they have received.
Once the athlete has been informed of their classification results they will be added to the Athletics Australia Classification Masterlist. This is the masterlist for all classified athletes in track and field in Australia. If you believe you have been classified and do not appear on this list please contact Brett Watton at Athletics Australia.