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Athletics Australia Entry Standards

To compete in the Australian Athletics Championships and/or Australian Junior Championships, athletes must either place at the relevant State Championships, or equal or better the Athletics Australia entry standards.


  • The qualifying period for the Combined Events and 10,000m Walk began on October 1 2017. 10,000m Walk may qualify on track or road.
  • The qualifying period for all other events began on January 1 2018
  • Under 23 standards (for 2018 Championships) are for athletes to qualify in open events and only apply to athletes born in  1997, 1998  and 1999
  • There must be three (3) or more entries at the time of close of entries for an event to be contested in its own right
  • In Under 14/15/16 1,500m and in events of 3,000 metres or longer, if more entries are received than can be accommodated in one race, those athletes with the slower qualifying performances may be placed in a "B" division.
  • The maximum wind reading for performances to be valid is 2m/s (Open & U23) and 4m/s (U14-U20)


All age groups are determined by an athletes at the 31 December in the year of competition.
In way of explanation, the following table demonstrates ages for competitions in 2019. These should be read in conjunction with the entry rules of the particular competition in particular reference to athletes competing in multiple age groups.
Athletes must turn 12 years of age in the year of competition. There may be further age restrictions on technical events

Under 14 2006 or 2007
Under 15 2005 or later
Under 16 2004 or later
Under 17 2003 or later
Under 18 2002 or later
Under 20 2000 or later
Under 23 1997, 1998 or 1999 only

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