Athletics has been a compulsory sport on the Commonwealth Games program from the beginning. It has been included in every Games although the program has been modified as per the IAAF requirements.
Events for Athletes with a Disability were first included on the Commonwealth Games programme as an exhibition sport in 1994 in Victoria, Canada. However, it was at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England where para-athletes were fully integrated into their national teams, making them the first fully inclusive international multi-sport Games.
The governing body for Athletics in Australia is Athletics Australia.