Athlete Eligibility2018-04-16T15:38:19+00:00

Athlete Eligibility

The Athlete Eligibility Policy applies to all deaf and hard of hearing athletes who wish to participate in national and international sanctioned deaf sporting events.

International Deaf Sporting events such as the Deaflympic Games bring together deaf and hard of hearing athletes from around the globe.

Many athletes have varying levels of hearing losses and the International Sports Committee for the Deaf (ICSD) have established a criteria under the Audiogram Regulations for these deaf and hearing impaired athletes wishing to compete at sanctioned international deaf sporting events.

The ICSD Audiogram Regulations can be read or downloaded by clicking here. 

As a result of the ICSD Eligibility criteria, Deaf Sports Australia developed the Athlete Eligibility Policy to provide and to ensure fair participation for all deaf and hard of hearing participants in ISCD, DSA sanctioned events and National Sporting Organisation controlled events.

Code Hearing Level Loss Eligibility
AU0 0-39 dB 3FAHL Not eligible to compete in DSA or ICSD approved events
AU1 40-54 dB 3FAHL Eligible to compete in DSA approved events – e.g. Australian Deaf Games, National Deaf Championships
AU2 55 dB or more 3FAHL Eligible to compete in AU1 events plus ICSD approved events (e.g. Deaflympic Games, World Deaf Championshops) and Australian National Sporting Organisation controlled events

It is suggested that on registering for an event the AU1 swimmer outlines his/her hearing loss and that there is a need for inclusion support – participation should be facilitated.

Current and former athletes who have submitted their Audiograms and qualified at international deaf sporting events will not need to re-submit the forms again.

In order to find out if you meet the Eligibility Criteria or need to complete the Classification Card process set out by Athletics Australia, Swimming Australia and other sports including Cycling, you will need to complete an Audiogram application form and attach the latest copy of your Audiogram which must not be older than 12 months.

To get an official classification from Deaf Sports Australia, you need to submit your form online:

Classification Form

The form can only be submitted ONCE. If you have done this before, you will not need to do another one.

If you are not sure, contact Sherrie Beaver for more information at

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There is no general age limit for competitors. However, age restrictions may apply for specific sports or events.

To find out more, you can download this document: Age Eligibility for International Deaf Sports Events