Sport Categorisation includes three levels that are ranked primarily on past performance and future potential criterion at international benchmark events.
Every two years sport programs are reviewed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the National Institute Network (NIN) partners against this criterion and categorised accordingly.
Sports with a strong record of achieving multi-medal or consistent team medals at Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games AND considered highly likely they will continue to achieve medal success at these events.
Sports with evidence of previous success at Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, including relevant disciplines at world championships AND considered to have potential to achieve success within the next one or possibly two cycles.
Sports that are eligible to compete at the Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games AND assessed as being unlikely to contribute to high performance targets in the next two cycles.
1 Special consideration for those sports with new disciplines on the Olympic/Paralympic program that can demonstrate podium performance at genuine world championship equivalent level events prior to being included in the Olympic/Paralympic program.
2 Sports that are on the Commonwealth Games schedule only and do not have an Olympic/Paralympic profile, or those sports that are on the Olympic/Paralympic and Commonwealth Games schedule with a high probability to win a gold medal at the next Commonwealth Games but are not considered to be a medal prospect within the next two cycles at the Olympic/Paralympic Games.
3 Sports that are supported for Commonwealth Games outcomes, however may also be eligible to participate in the Olympics/Paralympics.