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Disability classification​

Information statement of 17 July 2015: A Para-athletics resource (PDF, 651 KB) for teachers and school sport organisations has been prepared by Athletics Australia. This​ information resource is tailored to school athletics and clearly explains the processes all teachers must take to have a student classified for athletics.

Sports offered​

The sports offered at the State level are Track & Field, Swimming and Cross Country. These sports are offered within the 10-12 years and the 13-19 years programs.


All students with an eligible impairment type must be classified if they wish to participate in representative school sport in Multi-class events.

Each sport has specific minimal disability for classification that a student must meet in order to be eligible for competition as an athlete with a disability. Athletes may be eligible for one sport but not another.

Not all students with a disability will meet the minimal disability criteria for a specific sport. If a student does not meet the criteria, they will not be eligible to compete in Multi-class events.

The classification system summary provides current classifications each with a short definition.

The Disability categories included are those specified under the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability (INASFID) and International Deaf Sports (IDS) classification processes  – Intellectual Impairment (ID), Hearing Impairment (HI), Physical Impairment (PI) – including Cerebral Palsy (CP), Spinal Chord Injury (SC), Amputee (A), Les Autres(LA) and Visual Impairment (VI).

All Athletes in Multi-class events must be classified according to the international standard before competing at a State and National level.

A Classification step by step guide has been developed to enable student participation in Queensland school sport activities.​




Swimming Australia

Deaf Sport Australia

Deaf Sport and Recreation Queensland

Australian Paralympic Committee

Athletics Australia

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association


Swimming Australia Masterlist

Athletics Australia Masterlist

AA Classification in the schools