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The Female Facilities Program aims to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.

Eligible organisations can apply for up to $500,000 (GST exclusive).

Watch this case study video to see how a Queensland sporting organisation has successfully integrated female facilities into their club, with support from Sport and Recreation Services.

Video transcript

(Male voice): My name is John Burrell, President Centrals Trinity Beach AFL club. We have been mainly a male-based club since 1958 until the early 2000s.

(Female voice): With the inception of women’s football in 2003 – that started out small and became as huge as it is now.

(Female voice): It’s a really positive atmosphere.

The one thing about Centrals is that it always had a strong sense of community.

(Male voice): We found by surveying our ladies that they wanted their own home space and they wanted to feel comfortable in the change room.

(Male voice): A change room in itself, what does that mean? Nothing really. But it’s everything that comes with that. It’s about people having their own space. It’s about accommodating another group that weren’t accommodated at the club.

(Female voice): You know thinking that they might have been getting changed next to blokes or someone could walk in on them when they are getting changed. It probably pushed a lot of girls away from football.

(Male voice): So we thought that was really important in terms of getting extra woman involved in football, hence the application for the grant.

(Male voice): My name is Alexi Sachlikidis, I’m an Advisor for Sport and Recreation Services. So, we manage a variety of different grant programs, infrastructure being one of them.

(Male voice): The support we got from Alexi was, I thought, outstanding.

Sometimes there is just a critical piece of infrastructure missing that could actually be a real catalyst for change there and for growth there or to accommodate that local community better.

You’re not going to be successful with any of this unless you work with the people.

Get a group together so that it doesn’t all fall to the one or two people. We come in either right at the start to throw the seeds of thought around. Or let them mound something and then come in and help fine tune it all. Support it in whatever way is needed.

We are more facilitating them achieving the goals that they are setting for themselves.

(Male voice): One of the reasons why you are going to be successful with any application is a demonstrated need.

It’s one thing to put it on the paper that we need this, and we need that. Sometimes it’s actually a little bit tricky to find evidence to support that.

Quantify that need, is it through surveys, is it through just conversations, you know maybe there’s another sport that wants to come to your site and participate and they just need one piece of infrastructure to make that happen.

(Female voice): Down in Victoria, every football club has a netball club attached to it. But with netball we train offsite, so obviously if we are to get courts here, we need somewhere to shower, we need somewhere to change.

So the change room facilities being here is a tick in the box already for one of our wish list items.

(Female voice): I think it empowers them, that they have a place to be and go and to celebrate their wins and be proud of the moments that they’ve played women’s football.

(Female voice): Having somewhere that we can feel safe, somewhere that we can put our valuables. It’s definitely made a difference and has probably brought more girls to the club.

(Male voice): We’ve seen tremendous growth from our own perspective in young girls participating in AFL.

In 2012 I believe we had about 20 young ladies playing football. I can tell you now that as of this year we have got 50 registered youth girls and 35 registered senior women in our football club, and I strongly believe that that wouldn’t have happened without this facility.

(Female voice): It’s been quite remarkable actually; it’s been a big mission for the club to get it happening and a lot of hard work.

The boys have been very very supportive, which was good and helping us out where we need it.

Bringing more women and the younger girls through has been sensational, I suppose, because they start young and then they keep going up in to the women’s age group.

(Male voice): Probably the female facility program at the moment is about bringing the base level of women’s facilities up to where the men’s facilities are, but in the future it’s more about thinking inclusively about building spaces that all user groups can use.

(Male voice): I’m exceptionally proud of the people in this place.

(Female voice): Get out there if you don’t know how to do a grant. Find someone that helps you to do it.

(Male voice): We don’t want a woman’s section and a junior section and a senior section. We actually want one club, working together and growing together.

Important dates

  • Now open for applications
  • Applications will close on 1 December 2017
  • Successful projects can commence from April 2018

Check if your organisation is eligible to apply

Who is eligible?

  • Queensland not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations and not-for-profit local community organisations (with an objective of sport or active recreation) incorporated under the:
    • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld)
    • Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)
    • Cooperatives Act 1997 (Qld)
    • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth)
      • local governments constituted under the:
        • Local Government Act 2009 (Qld)
        • City of Brisbane Act 2010 (Qld)
        • Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty Ltd Agreement Act 1957 (Qld)
      • a sport or recreation club incorporated within a Queensland university.

        Eligible projects

        Eligible projects must either be:

        • new or upgraded change room facility for female participants and/or officials
        • new or upgraded amenities for female participants and/or officials
        • safety requirements to support access and use by females parents’ room/s.

        If the project is eligible as per the above, the questions below will help with checking whether the organisation meets the eligibility requirements of the project. Answer questions honestly and follow any instructions provided.

        1. Can you demonstrate ownership of the land or current right to occupy/lease arrangements for a minimum of three years from 1 April 2018? If arrangements are for less than three years, right to occupy/lease renewal confirmation must indicate a minimum three year commitment to use the land for sport/recreation activities.
        2. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

          Not eligible

          For the project to be eligible, land ownership or current right to occupy/lease arrangements for a minimum of three years from 1 April 2018. If arrangements are for less than three years, right to occupy/lease renewal confirmation must indicate a minimum three year commitment to use the land for sport/recreation activities.

        3. Do you have land owner’s permission to undertake the proposed project? (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
        4. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

          Not eligible

          For the project to be eligible, land owner’s permission to undertake the proposed project is required.

        5. (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)


        To consider other eligibility requirements and before beginning the application process refer to the Planning your project page and the program guidelines (PDF, 1.18MB).

        Before you start

        There are a number of considerations to be made when developing female friendly facilities. The following steps and tools can help assist in planning your project:

        Step 1: Suitability for female participants

        Complete the Is your club suitable for female participants checklist (DOCX, 2.14 MB) to determine the current status of your organisation regarding Facilities (Part 1) and Cultural (Part 2). This checklist can be used to identify areas for improvement to assist with your organisational development or readiness for an infrastructure project, or program you may wish to undertake.

        Step 2: Consider the ‘need’ for the project

        Organisations must clearly outline the need for the project and how it links to the program objectives. Need should be considered in the following areas: current facilities, usage and service gaps.

        Step 3: Conduct consultation with relevant stakeholders

        Consultation during the planning stage is an important step to ensure the proposed project complements what already exists. Consultation should, at a minimum, be undertaken within; the organisation, current female users, your nearest Sport and Recreation Services office and local council.

        View an example of a ‘consultation process’.

        In determining need for the project, organisations must show a commitment to the needs of female participants and/or officials. The Participant/User Satisfaction Survey Template (DOCX, 546KB) can be used to support the consultation process.

        Step 4: What is being delivered

        While projects must support female participation, the department encourages universal design principles being incorporated. Design should demonstrate the following principles:

        • purpose built
        • multi and shared use
        • compatibility
        • universal design
        • public safety
        • health and safety
          • functionality.

          Note that the scope of works must be supported by quotes or a quantity surveyor’s estimate. Where the total project cost is $200,000 (GST exclusive) or more, a quantity surveyor’s estimate must be included with the application. Additionally, projects of this value will be required to undertake a public tender process or Local Buy supply arrangements, if approved.

          Visit the Planning your project page for further resources to assist with planning the project.

          Step 5: Apply for funding

          Prior to applying, check if the organisation is eligible by reading the program guidelines (PDF, 1.18MB). Once you have confirmed that the organisation is eligible, proceed to accessing the application.

          Apply online

          Never registered before or registered with Enquire before May 2017

          You will need to register in the new Grant Registration Portal (GRP) in Enquire (grants management system). Read about how to register in the GRP to apply for funding.

          Registered in the new Enquire Grant Registration Portal (GRP)

          A Primary or Secondary contact will need to log into the organisation’s account to commence an application.

          To access the application, complete the following steps:

          1. Visit the Enquire application portal and log into your account.
          2. Complete the online application including downloading and completing the excel table and uploading any required documents.  If at any point you don’t have the required documentation to support the application click ‘save’ and you can return to the application later by logging back into your account
          3. Submit the application. Applications at a status of ‘submitted’ are final and cannot be retrieved for editing by the applicant.

          All applications must be submitted no later than 5pm, 1 December 2017.

          Note that Enquire is a web-based grants system. Applications must be submitted online via Enquire.

          Before you begin, please take a moment to ensure your computer system meets the following software requirements necessary to view and successfully lodge an application:

          • The application form is not compatible with mobile or tablet devices.
          • Applications must be made from a desktop computer or laptop.
          • Enquire will work best using the latest version of your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari).
          • You will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to open documents within the online application form.

          Please read the How to guide and troubleshooting manual (PDF, 2.42MB) for more information.

          Helpful resources

          There are a number of considerations to be made when planning your project. The following are some resources that can help assist in planning and developing female friendly facilities.

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