National Para Program

The Archery Australia National Para Program has been developed to deliver development and elite programs which produce Para Archery Champions at benchmark events including World Archery Para Championships and Paralympic Games.

The purpose of the NPP is to provide a system of support for Archery Australia’s leading Para Archers in a structured, sequential and transparent manner that supports the athletes in achieving performances which are aligned to Archery Australia’s published performance goals. The NPP has three distinct components:

  • National Squad
  • National Development Squad
  • National Youth Squad

The NPP recognises that Federal Government funding through the Australian Institute if Sport (AIS) and State Government funding through the National Institute Network (NIN) partners, for high performance Archery, is directed solely at Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and this is reflected in this document.

The ultimate objective of the NPP is to win medals at World Para Championships, Paralympic Games and World Cups by supporting identified athletes within the program via the NSW Institute of Sport, Victorian Institute of Sport, other NIN programs, and the Archery Australia HP Pathways Program.

The NPP consists of three squads of athletes that provides a clearly structured pathway which athletes are able to progress through as they further develop their skills and performances. The entry criteria for each of these tiers has been designed to align with Sport Australia’s Athlete Categorisation strategy meaning that athletes are eligible to receive more support as they progress through the tiers. Athletes are able to enter the program at any level, National, Development or Youth, provided they meet the published selection criteria.

National Squad

Tier 1

Compound Men Open 690
Compound Women Open 675
Recurve Men Open 630
Recurve Women Open 605
Men W1 645
Women W1 620

World Class – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC/NTSC have demonstrated their ability to challenge or have actually achieved a recent podium position in top International Competition.
Tier 2

Compound Men Open 675
Compound Women Open 645
Recurve Men Open 590
Recurve Women Open555
Men W1 600
Women W1 550

International – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC/NTSC are competitive in international competition and have the potential to progress to World Class within the next two years.


National Development Squad

Tier 3

Compound Men Open 645
Compound Women Open 620
Recurve Men Open 550
Recurve Women Open 500
Men W1 560
Women W1 500

Development – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC/NTSC are considered to be emerging and have the potential to progress through the tiers in the coming years due to demonstrated commitment.

National Youth Squad

Compound Men Open – 65 rating
Compound Women Open – 50 rating
Recurve Men Open – 45 rating
Recurve Women Open – 35 rating
Men W1 – 45 rating
Women W1 – 35 rating
Emerging – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC/NTSC are considered to be emerging and have the potential to progress into the Development and/or National Squads in the coming years due to demonstrated commitment.

In addition to the three squad components of the NPP, the AA Pathways Program provides an opportunity for accelerated growth for athletes selected in the program. It is expected there will be a strong connection between the Pathways Program which will over time graduate athletes into an NPP squad. The AA Pathways Program is funded independently of the NPP by the AIS Performance Pathways Unit.

How to apply

Athletes wishing to apply for the NPP should review and understand the 2024 NPP paying special attention to the performance requirements, eligibility requirements and expectations of athletes in the program. The program is demanding and requires dedication, commitment and time. Only athletes who are willing to make that commitment should apply.

2024 National Para Program applications

Selections for the 2024 NPP will be based on scores from any QRE’s and international competitions during the performance window period specified in the NPP Policy. Athletes must achieve MQS scores relative to the Tier level they are applying for during the performance window.

All 2023 NPP athletes will be contacted directly via email when a call is made for applications for the 2024 intake. Any athlete wishing to be considered for the 2024 NPP who is not a member of the 2023 NPP must submit an application form. This EOI will be advertised in Archery News sent to all members in good time prior to the submission date.

An expression of interest form for the 2024 NPP is available here EOI – NPP and must be submitted to


Archery Australia’s NTSC will review the membership of the NPP on 1 January and 1 July each year, although athletes may submit applications at any time. The HPM will (a) review any applications to join the NPP and (b) review the performances and compliance of existing NPP athletes on 1 January and 1 July each year. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the NTSC for endorsement. Once this process is complete all athletes will receive formal correspondence confirming the outcome of their application and/or their current status in the NPP.