A "groundbreaking" partnership has been announced between Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) to boost chances of home success at Gold Coast 2018.
Under the collaboration, the APC will contribute to the successful planning, organisation and management of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.
The CGA will, in turn, provide "team service support" for the Paralympic teams.
Para-sport competitions are due to be held in swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting, triathlon and lawn bowls during next year's Games.
Unlike with the Olympics, they will take place alongside all other competitions.
"Commonwealth Games Australia believes that we stand the best chance of success by working collaboratively with our high performance partners," said the organisation's chief executive Craig Philips.
"The APC have done great work preparing Australian teams for success, so we are really thrilled to formalise a partnership and to be able to call on their expertise in preparing our team for Gold Coast 2018.
"Gold Coast 2018 will feature the most extensive integrated Para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history with some 60 athletes competing in 38 events across seven sports."
APC chief executive Lynne Anderson was similarly pleased.
"CGA and the APC share many similar objectives and face similar challenges, and we feel strongly that by joining forces, we will be better equipped to overcome those challenges," she said.
"CGA recognises that the APC has developed the capability to successfully plan and deliver large-scale, multi-sport national teams that achieve performance success within a positive, cohesive team environment.
"We are very excited to be invited to share our expertise with CGA during the Gold Coast 2018 campaign, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship as we look towards achieving success at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.
"We hope this ground-breaking partnership sets the platform for greater collaboration among Australia’s peak sporting bodies.”"
Action at Gold Coast 2018 is due to take place from April 4 to 15.