Winter Paralympians will receive medal funding for the first time next year in Beijing like their Olympic counterparts, but summer para-athletes will not be so lucky heading into the Commonwealth Games.
Australia's Sport Minister Richard Colbeck confirmed the one-off medal bonus the government funded for Tokyo would be matched for the 2022 Winter Paralympics.
It will be another one-off, with no future commitments made for Paris 2024 or Milano Cortina 2026.
He said, however, the federal government remained committed to supporting para-athletes.
"The government announced an extension of the one-off bonus to each Paralympic athlete who wins a medal at the upcoming Beijing Winter Paralympics," Colbeck said.
"We will continue to explore options for future support beyond the Beijing Winter Olympics."
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The Australian Olympic Committee funds medals for able-bodied athletes and teams at major international sporting meets in Olympic sports each year.
Paralympians are not included in the funding, as they operate independently of the AOC and receive no medal funding. Tokyo, however, was the exception.
The government caved to public pressure in September, after The Canberra Times revealed there was no medal funding incentives for para-athletes, and stepped in for a one-off payment of $1 million to fund it.
Although the one-off program is being matched for winter Paralympians, summer para-athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year - or at other major international events such as world championships or world cups - will again receive no funding for their medals.
A spokesperson for Paralympics Australia confirmed it did not look after athletes or teams outside the Paralympic Games, but was working on finding funding channels for Paris 2024 and future Games.
"Australian teams which compete at world championships and the Commonwealth Games are managed by other organisations," they said.
"We continue to work on a range of sponsorship renewals with our existing partners, as is standard practice at the end of a Paralympic Games cycle. Another core focus for us is acquiring new partners on the back of our successful Tokyo campaign.
"As you can understand, this is a substantial process given the significant investment of each partnership but we have been encouraged by the progress to date."
Commonwealth Games Australia, which looks after both able-bodied and para-athletes in Birmingham 2022, does not provide medal funding at all.
Able-bodied athletes will still be eligible for medal incentive funding from the AOC in Birmingham - or any other world event next year - if they end up on the podium.
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