Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1960 and events are open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups eligible for Paralympic sport.
Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.
Para-athletics is governed internationally by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee is the National Federation for the sport. Through a mainstreaming Agreement, the APC funds Athletics Australia to deliver the Paralympic Preparation Program.