The Paralympic medal funding was a one-off, the federal government has confirmed, and will not continue into the World Championships or Commonwealth Games next year.
Paralympians were not going to receive any medal funding in Tokyo, before the government announced it would fund it, regardless of if para-athletes were retiring or continuing onto Paris.
The government's funding of the program was a one-off. However, Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said they were working with Paralympics Australia and other sporting bodies to grow corporate sponsorship to fund it.
"This additional commercial revenue could ensure Paralympics Australia can sustainably make medal bonus payments to athletes at future Paralympics or other major events," he said.
"This is consistent with medal payments made by the Australian Olympic Committee. The AOC payments are largely funded by commercial revenue, not by the Commonwealth."
In 2020 the AOC received more than $17.5 million in sponsorship deals and in the financial year 2019/20, the Paralympics received more than $3.5 million.
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Under the AOC's medal incentive funding - which rewards athletes for their best medal on the world stage each year and incentivises them to continue into 2024 - Australian able-bodied athletes receive $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze if they continue on their professional path.
Paralympics Australia's major funding avenue is provided by the Australia Sports Commission, which comprises of Sport Australia and the AIS - who are both supported by federal funding.
An ASC spokesperson said it did not pay medal incentives; as the AOC paid Olympians and the government paid the Paralympians.