Guiding principles for Active Community Infrastructure projects

Active Community Infrastructure incorporates a set of guiding principles that will help you develop your project proposal.

We use these principles to assess your project proposal, instead of a rules-based system for decision-making.

This will enable projects to be delivered in a way that allows flexibility in the types of infrastructure developed.

The investment

  • Total project investment will be up to $1 million. This figure is a guide and will ensure we can meet our agreed target of projects over the first three years of Activate!
  • The department will allocate it’s investment based on the review of the project with a focus on partner contributions.
  • The department reserves the right to determine what constitutes as eligible and non-eligible project components on a case by case basis.

Place—Queenslanders are at the heart of decision-making

Place-based approach

  • Acting locally, in consultation with the local community, and identifying the demographic indicators of an area/region. It also means leveraging local connections and capabilities which will respond to local community needs, leading to both internal and external facilitated activities along with access to social and casual activities. All this being available to a broad spectrum of Queenslanders and providing community connectedness for other areas of the industry.
  • It is highly desirable that the project be on state or local government land, ensuring longevity of land and facility access.

Placed-based planning

  • The location of the project is accessible, convenient (close to housing and connected by walkways/cycle ways). Identify whether the project has been prioritised in a facility/master plan from a state sporting organisation or local government.

Target support to Queenslanders and communities that need it most and focus on lifelong participation through physical literacy and behaviour change


  • Communities based on SEIFA, growth rate, percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, percentage of people not meeting the physical activity rates, percentage of population that are overweight or obese, victims of crime reports, and the results of the Australian Early Development Census.
  • Promoting Female Participation


  • In return for the investment in infrastructure, the department will seek to collect specific data relevant to the increased usage of physical activity spaces.

Supporting direct physical activity

  • Projects that provide for direct physical activity (e.g. a field, walking path) will have a higher priority than supporting spaces (e.g. canteen). Both new and refurbished spaces that deliver on higher levels of physical activity will be considered.

Working across sectors

  • Projects that demonstrate capacity to incorporate cross-sector elements (e.g. medical room or neighbourhood centre for health checks) will be looked upon favourably.

Prioritise quality and equity as fundamental to the physical activity experience

Universal design

  • Projects must ensure that buildings and environments are innately accessible and inclusive to as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender, level of ability, cultural background, or any other differentiating factors that contribute to the diversity of our communities.

Modular solutions are our preferred option

  • Cost-effective and time-efficient delivery of modular infrastructure including club rooms, change rooms and amenities.

Sustainability including disaster mitigation

  • Using sustainable design and construction methods and materials to reduce the negative impacts on the environment and using the natural resources available to reduce ongoing requirements and costs.

Time efficient

  • To reduce the burden on volunteers, the department will deliver projects where relevant utilising its own resources.