Wheelchair rugby is among the sports to have been granted a funding increase ©Getty Images

Paralympic sport in Australia has been given a boost after the country's Sports Commission announced they would inject a further AUD$683,000 (£403,000/$514,000/€459,000) into 10 high-performance programmes.

The decision from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) comes after the nation finished fifth on the medals table at last year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a haul of 81, 22 of which were gold.

Winter sport in the country will benefit from a grant of AUD$75,000 (£44,000/$56,000/€50,000) prior to the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

Wheelchair rugby, Para-canoe and Para-triathlon have received the largest funding increases.

The Australian team clinched their second consecutive Paralympic gold medal in Rio and the sport has been rewarded with a boost of AUD$275,052 (£162,000/$207,000/€185,000) for the 2017-2018 campaign.

It brings the total amount of funding wheelchair rugby will receive in the next year to AUD$800,052 (£473,000/$602,000/€538,000).

Para-canoe, which made its Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, has also been given a significant boost of AUD$250,000 (£148,000/$188,000/€168,000), meaning the sport will now have AUD$475,000 (£281,000/$358,000/€319,000) worth of funding for the 2017-2018 period.

Australia's Para-canoeists earned three medals at the Games, with Curtis McGrath taking gold in the men's KL2.

Katie Kelly won Para-triathlon gold for Australia at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Katie Kelly won Para-triathlon gold for Australia at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

Para-triathlon's funding has increased by AUD$240,286 (£142,000/$181,000/€162,000) to AUD$465,286 (£275,000/$350,000/€313,000).

The sport also proved successful for Australia in Rio as Katie Kelly, guided by Michellie Jones, won the gold medal in the women's PT5 event.

Other sports which yielded medals for the country at Rio 2016, such as archery, athletics, cycling, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair tennis also secured increases from the ASC.

Funding for boccia, goalball, wheelchair basketball, equestrian, rowing and shooting will remain the same after they were not granted extra money.

The funding boost has been welcomed by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) with chief executive Lynne Anderson describing it as "very pleasing and a strong endorsement of Australian Paralympic sport".

"We were very proud that the Australian Paralympic team met the high performance target set by the ASC last year," she said.

"I applaud the ASC for acknowledging the achievement of our most successful sport programmes by rewarding them, particularly in the challenging financial climate facing Australian sport.

“Equally pleasing though, is the allocation to those sports including goalball and boccia, that continue to develop with the sole aim of achieving medal success in Tokyo. 

"This funding is a vote of confidence in them as well.”