There are three levels of classification that exist in Australia.
Athletes who compete at International events such as the World Championships or the Paralympic Games require International Classification. This involves an internationally recognised panel of classifiers assessing an athlete's functional ability in relation to the sport to determine an allocated class.. In order to be classified internationally, all athletes must hold an IPC Athletics license prior to presenting for International Classification. This license also allows these athletes to be eligible to claim International Records and Rankings.
National Classification is a sport specific classification assessment identical to the one used internationally. This may involve physical (‘bench’) testing, testing of sport specific movements and often observation of sport performance.
This is a generic classification assessment covering all the key assessments used in the classification systems in Athletics. Information from the generic assessment is assessed against the international classification rules for athletics, and a provisional national class is assigned.