Facilities Planning

AFL Queensland Facilities Plan 2020-2025

AFL’s need to deliver fit-for-purpose facilities is driven by this ongoing participation growth and the changing profile of participants.

Providing safe, accessible, and welcoming facilities will keep players and officials engaged in the game into the future.

The State Facilities Plan 2020 –2025 has been developed through analysing a range of data collected annually by the AFL and through consultation with clubs, Councils and Government.

The document sets the strategic framework to support further investment across the AFL network in Queensland to ensure the game continues to thrive in this challenging northern market and be the sport of choice for many years to come.

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Brisbane North

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Brisbane South

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Cairns

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Capricornia

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Darling Downs

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Gold Coast

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Mackay

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Northern Rivers

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Regional Qld

AFLQ Facilities Plan – SEQ

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Sunshine Coast

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Townsville

AFLQ Facilities Plan – Wide Bay


The Facility Planning Process

The facility planning process can be long and extensive. Whilst extensive, the effort involved in planning, will pay significant dividends once the facility is constructed and operational. A large facility development is often a once in a generation project. As such it is important to get it right.

The steps below highlight a typical facility planning process from initial idea through to construction. The level of detail required in each stage of the process will depend on the scale of the project, but typically the key principles and steps remain the same.

Stage 1 – Needs Assessment

  • Key questions – what do we want to achieve, why and who for?
  • Key information – what are the local demographic growth trends, who are our key local partners (Council, other clubs & community organisations) and what do they wish to achieve?
  • Decision point – is it better utilise our existing facility, upgrade our existing facility or build a new facility?

Stage 2 – Feasibility & Site Assessment

  • Key questions – what do we wish to build, where do we build it, how much will it cost, who are the funding partners and how do we make it work?
  • Key information – conduct a site assessment, visit other new facilities, consult with key partners, prepare draft concept and management plans, analyse management, operational and life cycle costs. See the Football Facilities Audit results below to inform your club’s project priorities.
  • Decision point – shall we proceed, modify, postpone or stage the development, or abandon the proposal?

Stage 3 – Detailed Design & Costing

  • Key questions – what scale of facility do we need?
  • Key information – prepare a design brief, prepare a project budget, seek the necessary approvals, appoint a design team, develop detailed designs and costings.  See the AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines below for help.

Stage 4 – Construction

  • Facility construction and commissioning.

Football Facilities Audit

In order to further support the planning of facilities upgrades, AFL Queensland regularly audits each club’s facility. These audits provide objective feedback relating to how each facility compares with the AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines and advises community clubs on project priorities at their ovals.

The Football Facilities Audit scores below can be used by individual clubs to benchmark their facilities provision relative to others in their league and other AFL Queensland affiliated competitions.

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