- Classification – This is the basis of fair competition in disability sport and tPA’s classification program is a world leader. PA works with sports to ensure that participants can be accurately classified as early as possible in their development pathway and given certainty as they progress on their sport pathway. Each Paralympic sport has sport-specific minimal disability criteria that athletes must meet in order to be eligible to compete and specific processes for athlete classification which are managed by PA in conjunction with the respective National Sporting Organisations.
- Managed Sports. PA manages the Paralympic Preparation Program for three sports: boccia, goalball, and wheelchair rugby. The APC employs national head coaches and full-time support staff to handle the day-to-day operations of each program.
- Select a Sport. This online tool allows input of disability characteristics and then suggests suitable sports programs. Paralympic sport presents a range of opportunities for people with various impairments to participate. As with any sport choice, some sports may be better suited to an athlete’s specific ability/disability or physical characteristics.
- Get Involved in Para-sports. PA, in conjunction with its sport partners, provides a broad range of opportunities for people with disability to get involved in para-sport through special introductory events or trial programs, i.e. ‘Get Involved Days’. PA maintains contact officers within each state and territory to facilitate these programs. The Paralympic Talent Search Program was an extension of 'get involved' initiatives. The objective is to identify people with physical disabilities who have the athletic potential to progress to elite level competition. Since the program’s inception in March 2005, more than 1,000 athletes with potential have been identified and then encouraged to compete or offered opportunities as part of athlete development programs. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 43 athletes on the Australian Paralympic Team were products of the Paralympic Talent Search Program.
- Paralympic Speakers Program. Paralympic athletes have powerful stories about how resilience, teamwork, and commitment can overcome adversity. This program allows Paralympic athletes to share their story and inspire others.
- Paralympic Workplace Diversity Program. This PA initiative is designed to help place Paralympic Preparation Program (PPP) athletes into employment which provides a flexible work environment allowing for training and competition commitments and meaningful career opportunities.
- Australian Paralympic History Project. PA established the Paralympic history project to capture, manage and preserve the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia. This multi-disciplinary project partners with specialist organisations in areas such as oral history and information gathering. Much of the History Project material is available in the 'Resources' section.
Recognition of achievements
- Athletics Australia
- Australian Sailing
- Basketball Australia Wheelchair basketball: Rollers (national men's team), Gliders (national women's team; and National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL).
- Cycling Australia
- Equestrian Australia
- Football Federation Australia
- Powerlifting Australia (also support Blind Powerlifting)
- Rowing Australia
- Shooting Australia
- Swimming Australia
- Table Tennis Australia
- Tennis Australia (wheelchair tennis)