Classification Overview video transcript (DOCX 24KB)

Below is information outlining classification, the different categories and respective application processes.

To access specific, detailed information and/or eligibility application forms, click on the relevant disability category below.

 

Classification is an assessment process, which groups athletes and swimmers into a variety of categories based upon their limitations in a particular sport.

The classification system exists to provide a fair and equitable competition for students and athletes with disabilities.

The sporting classification system is managed by the International Paralympic Committee who delegates this responsibility to national sporting associations.

Athletics Australia and Swimming Australia manage the sports of athletics, cross country and swimming, with assistance from national sporting bodies who coordinate classification eligibility applications, under guidance of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

 

Classification is split into five impairment categories:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Vision Impairment
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Transplant Recipients 
The table below shows a summary of the disabilities existing within the the sporting classifications:
Disabilities Athletics / Cross Country Swimming                          
Deaf and Hard of Hearing T/F01 S15
Vision T/F11, T/F12, T/F13 S11, S12, S13
Intellectual T/F20, T/F21 S14
Physical T/F32-56, RR1-3  S1 - 10
Transplant T/F60 S16

Note: Not all disabilities fall within the sporting classification system. e.g. Autism. For students with Autism, participation in Multi Class events is only permitted if another sporting classification can be achieved.  

 

Classification is required when a student competes in the Multi Class representative pathway for the sports of athletics, cross country and swimming.

It is required for any level above school including; zone, regional association, state, national and international championships.

Once classified, the classification can also be used outside of the school system in other sporting activities where applicable.

 

The different levels of classification include:

Provisional - allowing entry in Multi Class events, up to and including a state level.

National - allowing entry in Multi Class events, up to and including a national level.

International - allowing entry in Multi Class events at an international level.

Review - allowing entry in Multi Class events up to and including state level with reclassification required during year stated.

 

Classification is done by Athletics Australia and Swimming Australia, in conjunction with other national sporting associations.

The application process involves:

  • Completing a classification eligibility application form
  • Supplying requested medical documentation
  • Visit to specialist/medical practitioner (depending on impairment)
  • Submission of application form and documentation

Each classification category has different requirements.

To access specific information and eligibility application forms, select the relevant impairment category from the show/hides below.

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing classification eligibility is overseen by Deaf Sports Australia.

To be eligible for classification, a student must have a hearing loss of 55dB 3FAHL or greater in the better ear.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing classification eligibility form (downloadable).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing classification eligibility form (online).

More information on Deaf Sport Australia.

 

Intellectual Impairment classification eligibility is overseen by Sport Inclusion Australia. To be eligible for classification, a student must have an IQ of 75 or below.

Intellectual Impairment eligibility form 

Intellectual Impairment eligibility guide 

NSW School Counsellor Eligibility Report (DOCX 77KB)

More information on Sport Inclusion Australia.

 

 Physical Impairment classification eligibility is split and overseen by:

  • Athletics Australia - for Athletics and Cross Country
  • Swimming NSW - for Swimming

 Physical Impairment Classification covers a variety of disabilities.

 

Athletics and Cross Country

Physical Impairment eligibility application form

Physical Impairment fact sheet to assist doctors

Information sheet for parents and teachers 

 More information on Athletics Australia.

 

Swimming

Physical Impairment eligibility application form (downloadable) - coming soon

Physical Impairment eligibility application form (online)

More information on Swimming Australia.

  

Visual Impairment classification eligibility is overseen by Paralympics Australia.

To be eligible for classification, a student must have a diagnosis of at least one of the following:

  • Impairment of the eye structure;
  • Impairment of the optic nerve or pathways;
  • Impairment of the visual cortex of the brain.

Visual Impairment Classification application form 

Visual Impairment Classification information sheet 

More information on Paralympics Australia.

 

Transplant Recipient classification eligibility is overseen by Transplant Australia.

To be eligible for classification, a student must be a solid organ or bone marrow recipient.

Transplant Recipient Classification application form 

More information on Transplant Australia.