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Community Sport Infrastructure Resource Library for strategy and planning

About the resource library

This Community Sport Infrastructure Resource Library has been provided as a guide to assist in the planning, design and construction of innovative, sustainable and fit for purpose community sporting infrastructure.

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This section provides support for organisations that undertake strategy development and planning for community sport infrastructure. The resources and templates are provided to promote alignment of strategic context and best practice planning.

NSW Government | Office of Sport | Business Case | Australia | International | State Sporting Organisations

NSW Government

State level strategic planning documents and priorities.

Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW. Photo Premier's Priorities Website
14 Premier's Priorities

14 priorities reflecting State Government's approach to tackling important issues for the people of NSW.

Tackling Childhood Obesity – Reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five percentage points by 2025.

NSW Government Premier’s Priorities

A Plan for Growing Sydney - NSW Government Planning & Environment
Planning & Environment

Released in December 2014, the NSW Government’s plan for the future of the Sydney Metropolitan Area over the next 20 years provides key directions and actions.

See also: Greater Sydney District Plans – Greater Sydney Commission

A Plan for Growing Sydney

Government Architect of NSW (GANSW)

The office of the Government Architect NSW provides strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. By integrating design expertise, GANSW work across government, the private sector and the community to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes for NSW and all of our communities. GANSW supports the NSW Government in delivering quality, managing risk and fostering innovation to create people-centred places.

Read more about GANSW

Government Architect NSW - The Sydney Green Grid
Green Grid Project

The Sydney Green Grid promotes the creation of a network of high quality open spaces that supports recreation, biodiversity and waterway health. The grid will provide enhanced access to recreational open space, routes for walking and cycling, and opportunities for active and passive recreation.

Read more about the Sydney Green Grid

Office of Sport

Our goal: Well managed facilities that meet the needs of users and investors

Places and spaces for sport and active recreation enable participation and sporting events. Meeting the evolving needs of consumers to support participation at all levels requires a strategic and coordinated approach to building, modernising and optimising the use of facilities.

Working with our partners and stakeholders, we facilitate the identification of current and future requirements for sport and recreation infrastructure to inform strategic planning and investment decisions. We influence policies and coordinate grants and funding for facilities and upgrades to improve access and utilisation of metropolitan and regional places and spaces for sport and active recreation.

Strategic Plan

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A vibrant and valued sport and active recreation sector that enhances the lives of the people of NSW. Sport and active recreation is important, contributing significantly to our health, economy, social wellbeing and the liveability of our cities and communities.

Office of Sport Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Annual Reports Office of Sport Annual Reports
District Sport Facility Plans

The Office of Sport is working in collaboration with the Greater Sydney Commission to develop District Sport Facility Plans for the Greater Sydney Regions.

District Sport Facility Plans for Greater Sydney

Regional Sports Hub Model

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The purpose of this document is to prepare a template for the planning, development and operation of regional sports hubs (RSH). The model is to be informed by relevant planning initiatives, industry trends, funding opportunities and feedback from state sporting organisations (SSOs).

Regional Sports Hub Model Draft Report (August 2017) Prepared by the Otium Planning Group for the Office of Sport

Regional Sports Hubs - Indicative Examples - Outdoor and indoor sport focus

Facilities Strategy Template The Office of Sport has developed a template designed to assist State Sporting Organisation’s in the preparations of their facilities strategy. This guide provides a recommended structure as well as advice, direction and links to supporting resources.
Managing playing surfaces during drought

The Office of Sport has compiled the following document to establish effective management of playing surfaces across NSW which are deteriorating with the drought.

These tips will assist in making a difference to playing surfaces and will allow local sporting clubs to keep everyone safe.

Managing playing surfaces during drought



National Sport Plan - Australian Government

Through a National Sport Plan the Government seeks to understand Australia’s expectations of the sports sector, including our shared goals for high performance sport; sporting participation; cultural and public health outcomes and our willingness to pay for these services, opportunity and success.


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In a landmark agreement highlighting the collaborative approach to Australian sporting system reform, the Sport and Recreation Ministers’ Council agreed to establish the first National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (the Framework) to help guide the development of sports policy across Australia.

The Framework provides a mechanism for the achievement of national goals for sport and active recreation and sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of governments and their expectations of sport and active recreation partners. 

The Framework is not a policy document but provides a guide for the development of policies by all governments. It is intended that coordinated strategies and initiatives that flow from the Framework will lead to greater alignment of sport and active recreation funding and programs in pursuit of an improved sport and active recreation system.

National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework - Australian Government (2011)

Clearinghouse for Sport Australia

Sport Facility Planning and Use - Clearinghouse for Sport

Access to quality sport and recreation facilities, that are supported by community infrastructure, can be a major factor in a sport’s capacity to meet current user demand and plan for future growth.

Australian Governments at all levels often work together through a number of their departments, agencies, and/or policies to jointly contribute to the planning and development of sporting facilities that benefit the community. 

South Australia

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The objective of these guidelines is to provide a platform for improved planning and decision making that will ultimately provide South Australians with better places to play sport and encourage people to participate. The overriding issue for sport and all levels of government is the ability to continue to provide and maintain major sport and recreation facilities to the level required by the community and sporting organisations.

South Australian Regional Level Recreation and Sport Facilities Planning Guidelines (April 2016)


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This resource has been developed by the Office to support project proponents, in particular Councils and sporting organisations, to understand and develop business cases for new and improved sporting facilities. The process is primarily aimed at projects in excess of $1million, although small scale but complex projects should also consider undertaking at least an outline business case.

Business Case Guide for Sport and Recreation Facilities (2017) - Government of South Australia - Office for Recreation and Sport

Western Australia

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This decision making tool has been prepared to assist in determining the need for, and feasibility of, community and recreation services. While the model is predominately to be used for facility planning, it has been structured so that it can also be applied to program based solutions.

Decision-Making Guide, Sport and Recreation Facilities (March 2007) – Department of Sport and Recreation


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The State sporting Facilities Plan (SSFP) was developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) to serve as a blueprint for the provision of state, national and international level infrastructure and introduced in 2001 following Cabinet endorsement. The guidance identifies the steps required to make the case for investment and the level of detailed justification required.

State Sporting Facilities Plan Framework (November 2013) – Department of Local Government, Sort and Cultural Industries


Get Playing Plus - Planning your project –  Queensland Government

Outlines a number of initial considerations to be made when planning for an infrastructure project.

Parks & Leisure Australia (Victoria/Tasmania)

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The Open Space Planning and Design Guide is a collaborative initiative of the Vic/Tas Region of Parks and Leisure Australia, the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development and the Open Space Planners Network in Victoria. This document sits in a broader industry context to achieve quality non-contested outcomes for open space provision in changing communities.

Open Space Planning and Design Guide



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The Facilities for Future Generations blueprint has been designed to complement existing national and local capital investment schemes, initiatives like the Sports Facilities Capital Loan Scheme and the All Wales Artificial Turf Pitch Vision and Guidance. The intention is to provide a point of reference and support, to help inform responsible and sustainable decision making on the design, provision and maintenance of sport and recreation facilities.

Facilities for Future Generations - A blueprint for sport and active recreation in Wales – Sport Wales


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The Community Sport Strategy has been developed to set out clear priorities and focus energy to enable a dramatic shift in the range and number of people involved in sport. It also provides further guidance to those responsible for planning and running sport in Wales.

Community Sport Strategy 2012-2020 – Sport Wales

Denmark Facilities Index – Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Sport NSW Group Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – Sport New Zealand

Community Sport Strategy 2015-2020 – Sport New Zealand

High Performance Sport New Zealand Strategy 2013-2020 – Sport New Zealand


A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 - Pathways to Wellbeing – Canada Parks & Recreation Association (ISSUU presentation)

Recreation provides multiple pathways to wellbeing for individuals, communities, and for our built and natural environments. This paper and the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 which it describes allows for a timely re-visioning of recreation's capacity for achieving wellbeing.


Planning for Sport – Sport England

Sport England aim to ensure positive planning for sport, enabling the right facilities to be provided in the right places. To achieve this our planning objectives are to seek to protect, enhance and provide facilities that are fit for purpose to meet demands for participation now and in the future.

Hong Kong

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This topical paper provides the research findings for identifying the key strategic directions for a liveable high-density city, which is one of the three major building blocks proposed for Hong Kong 2030+ to help Hong Kong become a liveable, competitive and sustainable “Asia’s World City”. The physical form and design of our city is important in making our city more liveable.

Planning and Urban Design for Liveable High-Density City - Planning Department


Business Case

A business case is a documented argument or justification for a proposed project on the basis of its expected costs and benefits. It articulates a clear path to an attractive return on investment (ROI).

Webinar: How to prepare a business case – NSW Government, Premier and Cabinet

Simplified Business Case Guidelines – NSW Government, Premier and Cabinet

Business Case FAQs – NSW Government, Premier and Cabinet

Business Case Template

Sample Business Case – Wilson Sports Field Light Tower Installation Final Business Case, Kent Council

NSW Government Guidelines for Economic Appraisal – NSW Treasury

Guidelines for Capital Business Cases – NSW Treasury

Cost Benefit Analysis

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The purpose of this Treasury policy and guidelines paper is to provide guidance and promote a consistent approach to appraisal and evaluation of public projects, programs and policies across the NSW Government. Agencies should use this NSW Government Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis (Guide) when assessing all significant government projects, programs, policies and regulations.

NSW Government Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis – NSW Treasury

Joint Use Agreements - Community Sporting Facilities

Using school facilities – NSW Department of Education

Licences and leases of school facilities – NSW Department of Education

State Sporting Organisations

Several State Sporting Organisations have developed Facility Strategies for their sports (see examples below). For further information, please contact the SSOs directly.

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More information

To discuss the development of a sport facility strategy or it your sport has a facility plan/strategy and is not listed above please contact Facilities Strategy and Planning.