Member & Branches
Disability Sports Australia formed from our member organisations and one of its key roles is to represent, support and champion our members. Our member organisations between them have over 6000 members who are either people with a physical disability or those who are involved in disability sport in other ways.
Our members include state organisations that provide sport for those who use wheelchairs, for amputees and those with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities. More broadly, however, Disability Sports Australia represents all Australians who have a physical disability of any kind, and who want to get involved in sport and active recreation.
How to become a member
Disability Sports Australia is governed by its Constitution, and is currently reviewing how we can best serve our mission through our membership. Please fill out the inquiry form on our Contact Us page if you would like to become a member of Disability Sports Australia.
Disability Sports Northern Territory was established in October 2019, thanks to the invaluable support and partnership from the NT Government, as a branch of Disability Sports Australia. Disability Sports Northern Territory helps Territorians with a physical disability be more active more often. Through partnering with local, territory and national organisations, Disability Sports Northern Territory aims to expand the range of sport & active recreation opportunities for people with a psychical disability, to build capacity and engagement across the sport, health and disability sector.
New South Wales
Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT has a mission to change the lives of people living with a disability through participation in sport. We provide opportunities for people with a disability in NSW and the ACT to participate in our seven sports; Wheelchair Aussie Rules, Wheelchair Racing, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Disability Lawn Bowls and Para-powerlifting.
The Australian Powerchair Hockey Association is committed in providing resources for physically disabled athletes to play hockey in powerchairs. The APCHA promotes the sport to all ages, disability or gender. The Association has a local competition in Sydney, with interest being shown in the North and South West Regions. Also, hopes to expand interstate to form a strong national competition. The present competition is currently being held at the Kevin Betts Stadium, Ralph Place, Mount Druitt.
The Australian Powerchair Hockey Association gives athletes the opportunity to represent Australia at an International level under the International Hockey Federation. Australia recently finished eighth in the 2014 Powerchair Hockey World Cup. The Federation aims are to be included in a paralympics of the future. The organisation promotes the sport inevitably to give disabled athletes the opportunity to fulfil their potential as young men and women in sport.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people and their families living with cerebral palsy and other neurological and physical disabilities. CPA’s priority is to help babies, children, teenagers and adults living with neurological and physical disabilities lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible. CPA operates from 112 sites throughout metropolitan, regional and rural NSW and ACT.
Cerebral Palsy Sport & Recreation Association NSW (CPSARA) are driven by the goal: to encourgage both sporting and recreational opportunities for people of all ages with cerebral plasy and other neurological conditions. CPSARA are dedicated to supporting children, adults and their families with cerebral palsy by providing sporting opportunities and leisure activities with an emphasis on inclusion and enjoyment. The association supports athletes on their sporting journeys, firstly by providing informationa nd tools to help connect athletes with cerebral palsy with their chosen sport and thereafter by connecting them with fellow athletes and the latest events.
Disability Sport and Recreation is the health-promoting peak organisation for the disability sport and recreation sector in Victoria. Their mission is to provide and promote positive health outcomes for Victorians with disability through participation in sport and recreation.
Disability Sport and Recreation is a registered disability service provider, state sporting association, TAC community group program provider and a registered charity. The generous donations and support of the Victorian community mean we are able to continue nearly 50 years of work supporting Victorians with disability.
They exist to ensure Victorians with disability have equal opportunities to take part in the sport and recreation activities they’d like to participate in.
Disability Sport & Recreation work in partnership and consult with Victorians with disability, carers, volunteers, sport and recreation sector representatives, disability service organisations, schools, researchers, health professionals, government, philanthropic organisations and community groups to fulfil their mission.
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association has been helping Queenslanders with a disability to lead active, healthy lives through participation in sport, recreation and fitness since 1977. They support people with a range of disabilities.
Some of the ways they support their members with a disability are by providing sport, recreation, fitness and rehabilitation programs and services delivered by their staff and experienced volunteers; and linking members with other sport and healthy activity providers who are committed to including people with a disability in their programs and services.
They also play a vital role in the community, educating people about sport and healthy activity for people with a disability, and encouraging people with a disability to get active.
Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association is a not-for-profit organisation and raise the majority of their own funding through non-government sources including donations, Gold Choice Art Union and corporate support.
REBOUND WA (formerly WHEELCHAIR SPORTS WA)
Rebound WA provides sport, activities, information, support, advocacy & community to West Australian’s living with a physical disability.
For over 60 years, they have been known as Wheelchair Sports WA. Their new name is more reflective of what they do – they are not just wheelchairs and they are not just sport.
Rebound WA are an open door to anyone with any physical disability, or condition that impairs coordination and mobility. They are here to enable people living with a physical disability to explore possibility.
horsepower australia (FORMERLY Riding for the Disabled Association of WA)
Horsepower Australia is a community based not for profit charitable organisation that combines the transformative power and the therapeutic effects of horse riding in the provision of equine assisted activities. Their programs are designed to expand the horizons, develop the abilities and enrich the lives of those involved. Horsepower offers a variety of programs and services to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, mental health issues and learning and behavioural problems in an inclusive environment. For over 43 years Horsepower has helped children and adults to realise their full potential by improving fitness and mobility levels that develop core strength, muscle tone, hand eye coordination and balance, as well as have therapeutic benefits.
WADSA’s vision is that people with disabilities are empowered to participate in sport and recreation. For over 30 years WADSA has been the peak body for the participation of people with disabilities in sport and recreation in Western Australia. In particular our membership consists of 32 member clubs of allied interests with approximately 4,500 members of all disability types. We provide leadership, advocacy, information, education and direct services to members, stakeholders, and the broader community.
WADSA provides a direct service to approximately 6, 000 individuals with a range of disabilities and ability levels,. This includes disabled sport, mainstream sport, adventure activities, conservation projects, art, challenge camps and more. These services are delivered across Western Australia including Perth Metropolitan, regional and remote WA.
WADSA indirectly facilitates and partners with 140 community service providers such as recreation centres, local government, aquatic centres and private sport and recreation providers to conduct a range of activities with over 18, 000 people with disability benefiting from this approach.
The ParaQuad Association was founded in February 1990 to assist and encourage paraplegics and quadriplegics in their endeavours to once more become an integral part of their community.
Since that time they have developed into a viable organisation based in Tasmania providing services to their members.
ParaQuad Tasmania’s Vision is to improve the quality of life of all people with a physical disability in Tasmania by providing comprehensive services such as medical, continence & equipment service, prevention, education & awareness programs, advocacy and support.
For more information about participating in disability sports in South Australia, please click here!
INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) was first established in 1993 to govern Wheelchair Rugby within the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation. In 2010, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation became an independent sport federation and is today recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby.
The IWRF develops, promotes, and regulates the sport of Wheelchair Rugby around the world. The mission statement of the IWRF is “Growing and Supporting the Wheelchair Rugby Family”.
IWBF is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a lower limb disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. IWBF has the following mandate:
Establish the Official Wheelchair Basketball Rules; the Official Wheelchair Basketball Player Classification Handbook, the specifications for equipment and facilities; the Internal Regulations that govern the conduct of the Federation and ensure that they are enforced on all occasions.
Establish the standards for the training and certification of referees, classifiers, commissioners and examiners; control and govern the licensing of international referees, classifiers and commissioners and maximize the use of experienced players in the training and certification of each of the above categories of officials.
Control and maintain the classification of players and issuance of Player Identity Cards and Player Classification Cards.
Regulate the transfer of players from one country to another.
Raise funds, collect fees and accept contributions and subsidies and ensure that all resources are used solely to further the aims and objectives of IWBF and in accordance with the principle that IWBF is a non-profit organization.
Implement an organized marketing programme that involves communication, public relations and demonstration events to instil awareness to the general public of the benefits of wheelchair basketball.
Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association (CPISRA) aims to provide and promote opportunities for recreational sport and activity, to develop grassroots adaptive sport, and facilitate platforms for regional and international competitive and elite sport. CPISRA is a founding organisation of the Paralympics and one of only four International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSD) recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to represent impairment groups.
CPISRA focuses on increasing opportunities for recreational sport and exercise, the development of adaptive sport, and facilitating national, regional and international sporting events. CPISRA also aims to extend the number of qualified classifiers, coaches and trainers at national, regional and international levels while recognising the diversity of cultures and ensuring improved communication and information.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) is one of the world’s leading organisations for the development of Para sports. Alongside a membership of more than 80 countries around the world, IWAS is passionate about offering as many competition opportunities as possible for athletes with physical impairments.
International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) was incorporated in Australia in 2005 as a recognised association of World Bowls.