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WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan

The WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan provides an integrated and strategic approach to the future planning and provision of football infrastructure across all metropolitan and country regions.  The plan is delivered in two parts and provides a 10-year road map for prioritising stakeholder investment into facility development projects to address the immediate and long term needs of football, government and community stakeholders.

Strategic Facilities Plan

WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan 2020 - 2030

Provides the principles and strategic framework to support the future development and growth of football facilities across Western Australia.  It also summarises stakeholder needs and identifies state-wide priorities and infrastructure targets for our metropolitan and country regions.


Key Findings Report 

Strategic Facilities Plan - Key Findings Report

The Key Findings Report highlights the state of play for football infrastructure across metropolitan and country regions.  It summarises the key issues and focus areas identified through extensive research, participation analysis, facility auditing and stakeholder consultation.  The Report considers the AFL’s Preferred Facility Guidelines, the latest participation and facility trends, and the impact for football on forecast population growth and demographic change.


AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines

The AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines (‘the Guidelines’) should be used by State and Territory Australian Football Controlling Bodies, Councils, Leagues, Clubs, Schools and associated stakeholders to inform the provision and development of appropriate facilities for community level Australian Football venues.

The Guidelines outline the preferred facility requirements for State League, Regional and Local level facilities. Individual Associations and/or public land managers may decide to provide additional facilities or larger sizes depending on specific local requirements on a case by case basis.

It is acknowledged that many existing facilities may not meet preferred provision. However, it is not intended that these Guidelines be used as a basis for assessing the suitability of existing facilities. Rather, should existing facilities be considered for upgrade, then where possible, the Guidelines should be used to inform facility provision and as a road map for future development.

The Guidelines were initially developed in 2012 to provide direction for the development of new facilities and/or those being considered for major refurbishment or redevelopment.

This 2019 edition aims to recognise changing trends in the facility space. These trends include:

  • the growth in female participation and the subsequent need to address amenity provision and provide welcoming, inclusive club environments;
  • innovation in facility and ground surface design; and
  • the need to access an increasing number of venues to address ground capacity issues.

The Guidelines can be used as a key tool during the planning phase of a project and assume an assessment has been undertaken to identify the need for a new / upgraded facility. They also provide relevant guidance, particularly around spatial requirements that can inform concept and/or master planning processes.

AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines (2019)


Australian Football Facilities Fund

The Australian Football Facilities Fund assists Leagues and Clubs in securing financial commitment from various levels of government, other sport user groups, sponsors, local community and businesses organisations, land developers, club foundations and/or other strategic partners to contribute towards funding the improvement of existing or provision of new football facilities.  Each ground is audited by AFL representatives annually to measure against our preferred standards for the level of football being played there.  When combined with demographic and participation mapping and data systems, our staff and club volunteers are empowered to collaborate with their local government authorities and others to plan effectively for the future health of our game.  The Australian Football Facilities Fund’s aim and objective’s will guide the National Facilities Panel’s assessment criteria to measure the impact that proposals may have on our sport.

Up to 10% of total project cost available through this fund, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Australian Football Facilities Fund 2021


State Government Funding

Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

The purpose of the CSRFF program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Further information can be found by visiting the DLGSC website


Other Funding Opportunities

Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) 

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) can assist Australian non-profit, incorporated and other eligible organisations such as the following with sport related projects:

·        sporting clubs

·        sporting organisations (regional, state and national)

·        schools

·        councils and

·        community groups

The ASF can also offer a unique tax advantage to individuals, businesses and philanthropic donors that contribute to approved, registered projects.

For further information, please visit the ASF website


For further information please contact:

Steven Rose
Manager Facilities & Government Relations
West Australian Football Commission
105 Banksia St, Tuart Hill WA 6060
M: 0403 954 275