The Australian Paralympic Committee helps Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, business, sporting bodies and the community.
Originally formed by its members in 1990 as the Australian Paralympic Federation, the APC is the peak national body responsible for Australia's elite athletes with a disability. The primary goal in creating the APC was to establish a unified body to control corporate representation (domestically and internationally), participation at summer and winter Paralympic Games, marketing (sponsorship and fundraising) and public awareness. A support goal was to assist members to develop disability sport in Australia. The APC is a company limited by guarantee. Its shareholders are national sports federations (NFs) and national sporting organisations for the disabled (NSODs). The APC is a not-for profit organisation and is a registered charity. The APC is governed by a Board of Directors which may include elected and appointed members. The APC Board sets the APC’s strategic direction and policies and oversees their implementation.