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WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan

The WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan provides an integrated and strategic approach to the future planning and provision of football infrastructure across all metropolitan and country regions.  The plan is delivered in two parts and provides a 10-year road map for prioritising stakeholder investment into facility development projects to address the immediate and long term needs of football, government and community stakeholders.

Strategic Facilities Plan

WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan 2020 - 2030

Provides the principles and strategic framework to support the future development and growth of football facilities across Western Australia.  It also summarises stakeholder needs and identifies state-wide priorities and infrastructure targets for our metropolitan and country regions.

2021 Implementation Report - Strategic Facilities Plan

2022 Implementation Report - Strategic Facilities Plan


Key Findings Report 

Strategic Facilities Plan - Key Findings Report

The Key Findings Report highlights the state of play for football infrastructure across metropolitan and country regions.  It summarises the key issues and focus areas identified through extensive research, participation analysis, facility auditing and stakeholder consultation.  The Report considers the AFL’s Preferred Facility Guidelines, the latest participation and facility trends, and the impact for football on forecast population growth and demographic change.


AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines

The AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines should be used to inform the provision and development of appropriate venues, facilities, and amenities for local level football.

The Guidelines provide a consolidated resource to assist stakeholders in the planning and development of welcoming, inclusive and sustainable facilities.

The 2024 edition builds on the previous versions and reinforces the need for access, equity and sustainability across all venues.

It also provides a greater focus on the stages of project planning and supports the need to better cater for and support the umpiring community through more fit-for-purpose infrastructure. 

It is acknowledged that many existing venues may not meet the preferred levels of provision documented within the Guidelines. However, it is not intended that these Guidelines be used as a basis for assessing the suitability of all existing venues.

Rather, should existing venues be considered for upgrade or improvement, then where possible, the Guidelines should be used as a road map for future development.

The Guidelines can be used as a key tool during the planning phase of a project and assume an assessment has been undertaken to identify the need for a new / upgraded facility. They also provide relevant guidance, particularly around spatial requirements that can inform concept and/or master planning processes.

AFL Preferred Facility Digital (2024)

AFL Preferred Facility Print (2024)

AFL Preferred Facility Summary (2024)


WA Football Facility of the Year Awards

2023 is the inaugural year of The West Australian Football Facility Award, which will annually recognise best practice in community football facility development across the state.

The award aims to promote and celebrate the provision of well positioned, welcoming, accessible, fit for purpose football facilities that support our growing game’s strategic priorities. Western Australia’s winning project will be nominated for the National AFL Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Awards.

2023 WA Football Facility of the Year Award Guidelines

To be eligible the project must have direct links and benefit to an Australian Rules Football club in Western Australia.

Eligible nominating organisations are:

• Community Football & Sporting Clubs

• Local Government Organisations

• Schools or Universities

• WAFL Clubs

The project works must have been completed within the past twelve (12) months, with the venue accessible for the 2023 season.

Nominations have closed for 2023.

2023 WA Football Facility of the Year Award Winner - Baldivis Sporting Complex


2023 WA Football Facility of the Year Awards - Case Study

Ken Gannon Community Football Facility Awards

The AFL Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Awards annually recognise best practise in community football facility development across Australia, along with the people, clubs and other stakeholders driving our best projects.

In a decorated career across many areas of the code, Ken spent much of his last decade of his career developing the AFL’s interest and partnerships in the community facilities space, leading outcomes related to over 800 community football facility projects in that period.  

Previous WAFC winners/nominated facilities:

2022 - Frankland Park Sporting & Community Facility

2021 - Lakelands Park Sporting Complex - WAFC and National Winner     WA Project Claims Top AFL Community Facilities Award

2020 - Ernest Johnson Reserve

2019 - Great Northern Football League Changeroom Retrofit


Australian Football Facilities Fund

The Australian Football Facilities Fund assists Leagues and Clubs in securing financial commitment from various levels of government, other sport user groups, sponsors, local community and businesses organisations, land developers, club foundations and/or other strategic partners to contribute towards funding the improvement of existing or provision of new football facilities.  Each ground is audited by AFL representatives annually to measure against our preferred standards for the level of football being played there.  When combined with demographic and participation mapping and data systems, our staff and club volunteers are empowered to collaborate with their local government authorities and others to plan effectively for the future health of our game.  The Australian Football Facilities Fund’s aim and objective’s will guide the National Facilities Panel’s assessment criteria to measure the impact that proposals may have on our sport.

Up to 10% of total project cost available through this fund, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Australian Football Facilities Fund 2021

WA Football Facilities Fund Guidelines


WAFC PILA Goal Post Subsidy 

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC), in partnership with our exclusive goal post and flag pole supplier PILA, are pleased to announce the WAFC PILA Goal Post Subsidy Program.

The subsidy program is extended to all WA clubs and/or affiliations, including schools and councils, as approved by WAFC.

The program will run annually over the next 3 years, and applicants will be able to apply for a max of $1000 subsidy (Can only receive one successful grant over this period).

8 metro and 8 regional applications will be approved each year by WAFC.

Applications for the 2023 round have closed.

Eligible Products

  • 9m/6m, 10m/6.5m or 12m/8m goal posts with hinge bases.

About PILA

PILA is the long-standing, exclusive official goal post supplier to many of the largest sporting associations in Australia. PILA products have been chosen by most major stadiums and elite venues and our high-quality, commercial-grade products are 100% designed and Made in Australia. When you purchase a PILA product, your money stays in Australia and is re-invested into grassroots sport. You also benefit from the longest warranty on the market, a full range of parts with express shipping, and a team of industry experts to provide advice.

When you purchase from PILA, you receive a 7-year warranty, a certificate of compliance and you are investing in high-quality equipment that meets FIFA, FA, NRL, ARU and Australian Standards. You can see our tried and tested products on local fields nationally and you can rely on the fact we are, by Australian law, required to manufacture safe, compliant products that are fit for purpose. And because we know you play hard week-in week-out, PILA goal posts are designed to stand up to punishment outside in the Australian elements, year-in year-out.

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State Government Funding

Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

The purpose of the CSRFF program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Further information can be found by visiting the DLGSC website


Other Funding Opportunities

Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) 

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) can assist Australian non-profit, incorporated and other eligible organisations such as the following with sport related projects:

·        sporting clubs

·        sporting organisations (regional, state and national)

·        schools

·        councils and

·        community groups

The ASF can also offer a unique tax advantage to individuals, businesses and philanthropic donors that contribute to approved, registered projects.

For further information, please visit the ASF website


For further information please contact:

Steven Rose
Manager Facilities & Government Relations
West Australian Football Commission
105 Banksia St, Tuart Hill WA 6060
M: 0403 954 275