Sport Planning Tool

What is it?

The Sport Planning Tool is an interactive mapping platform that contains data collected in conjunction with State Level Organisations (SLOs), which has been mapped and analysed using a geographic information system (GIS).

The tool allows Clubs, SLOs and Councils to undertake planning and analysis of their current and future infrastructure needs by understanding local, regional and state-wide trends. The use of this tool will help to maximise participation and access to sport facilities across Queensland.

The planning tool for each sport listed below is best viewed using a recent version of popular web browser software.

The Sport Planning Tool will continue to grow as it is updated with additional sports.

What’s on each map?

Within the Sport Planning Tool, seven interactive maps show a combination of club infrastructure and membership data, along with current and projected demographic and socio-economic information for Queensland.

Clubs map

The map shows the location of clubs and associations, their membership data, and the sports regional boundaries where available. The Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) regional boundaries are also shown on the map. Venues and membership data are only those associated with the SLO, hence there may be other venues for a particular sport that are not shown on the map.

Membership data is based on the most recent financial/registered members as provided by the SLO. Data from programs or events targeted at non-financial members are not shown on the map at this time.

Heat map

The map shows a heat map of the distribution of membership numbers across the state, identifying the locations of high and low participation levels. This map is best viewed at the state level.

Venue map

The map shows the use of club facilities via a simple players per playing surface (e.g. court/field/diamond) analysis. The analysis has been performed for each venue and local government area (LGA) so you can observe venue utilisation at different spatial scales. The analysis has also factored in different age groups where appropriate.

The calculations for the venue and LGA analysis are outlined on each sport map information panel but generally follow the formulas below:

  • For each venue the club membership(s) were added together and divided by the total number of playing surfaces at the venue.
  • For each LGA the club memberships were added together and divided by the total number of playing surfaces within the LGA.

SRS Funding map

The map shows the distribution of SRS infrastructure funding from all rounds of the Get Playing and Get Playing Plus Programs for each sport.

Population map

The map shows the projected change in population for Queensland between 2016 and 2026 by LGA and statistical area level 2 (SA2).

When zoomed out, the map shows data for population change by LGA, however when you zoom into a specific LGA the map automatically shows data at the SA2 level.

View more information on Queensland population projections data.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas map (SEIFA)

The map shows the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD), which is part of the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) suite of indexes. SEIFA is developed by the ABS and ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. Disadvantage has been identified as a factor in social exclusion.

The Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) looks at a range of information about the economic and social conditions of people and households within an area and ranks this from 1 (greater disadvantage) to 10 (lack of disadvantage). A low score indicates an area could have (among other demographics) many households with low income, many people with no qualifications, or many people in low skill occupations. A high score indicates an area may have (among other demographics) few households with low incomes, few people with no qualifications, and few people in low skilled occupations.

View more information on SEIFA data.

Schools and Other Info map

The map has a series of data layers that can be turned on and off depending on the information you want to see. In addition the club data this tab shows all Queensland schools and their associated catchment areas. Other significant datasets such as the SRS regions, state electoral boundaries, LGA boundaries and sport regional boundaries are also available. Note: the schools layer is only visible when zoomed into a suburb or closer.

Data Sources:

Queensland Government population projections, 2015 edition; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Population by age and sex, regions of Australia, 2014 (Cat no. 3235.0). Released to public 2015.

Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage 2011, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Education and Training, Queensland Government, Queensland state schools—geographic information, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution sourced on 25 July 2016.

Help—How to navigate the maps


Changing the map extent  

Use the zoom tools at the top left of screen to change the map extent to your area of interest. Your location will be saved as you move between the maps, with the exception of the “Schools and other info” map, which will refresh to the whole of Queensland view.

Search for a location  

Enter the name of a suburb, town, city or place name in the search field. 

Query a location  

Select any point on the map to view the attributes for that location. A window will appear displaying the relevant data attributes. Small arrows navigate you to the next set of information. See image below.

Image below: Hover over a column in a graph to see the values.

Image below: Select the small side arrow to the right of a graph to view more graphs (where available).


Maps can be printed using your web browser's print function.

Additional help for the Schools and Other Info tab

Viewing the legend  

  Select the legend tool at the top right of screen to turn the legend on. 

Turning layers on and off

  Select the layer list at the top right of screen to turn layers on and off.

Change the basemap

  Select the basemap tool at the top right of screen to change the basemap layer. 

View scale and coordinates

The current map scale and coordinates of the cursor are located at the bottom left of the map.

Note: These may not be visible on smaller mobile devices.