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Get Playing - Funding to improve facilities

Message from Minister Dickson

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What is Get Playing?

The second round of this funding program is now closed

Get Playing is one of three funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level.

Get Playing aims to assist local sport and recreation organisations with facility development so more Queenslanders are encouraged to become involved in the sport and recreation activity of their choice.

What funding is available?

Organisations are eligible for funding up to a maximum of $100,000 (GST exclusive).

Applicants will need to contribute a minimum of 20 per cent to the total eligible project costs (which may include in-kind contributions).

Who can apply?

Organisations eligible to apply are:

  • Queensland not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations and not-for-profit community organisations (whose primary objective is sport or recreation) incorporated under the:
    • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld)
    • Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)
    • Cooperatives Act 2002 (Cwlth)
    • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth)
  • incorporated university sports clubs.

Organisations must also:

  • be compliant with the Office of Fair Trading
  • have met all obligations for projects currently funded by the department.

If your club provides sport and recreation activities to children and young people from the age of five and under the age of 18 it must be separately registered under the companion program Get Started.

Support materials


Organisations are encouraged to contact independent consultant engineers with a background in sports lighting and electrical design, to assist in the design of sports lighting. A list of qualified professionals can be obtained through the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd.  You can contact the organisation and request the names of members experienced in the design of sports lighting. Find out about Australian standards at the Standards Australia website.

Qualified electrical engineers and structural engineers with chartered member status in the Institution of Engineers Australia and relevant experience in planning sports lighting are qualified to advise on engineering matters.  Consultation with councils and State Level Organisations/Peak Bodies is encouraged prior to the installation of lighting to ensure playing standards are adhered to.

Urban Irrigation Best Management Practices

The Urban Irrigation Best Management Practices is published by the Irrigation Association of Australia Ltd (phone (02) 9476 0142). It provides best management practices to support the design, installation, maintenance and management of irrigation systems in ways that save water and protect water quality.

Sport Dimensions Guide for Playing Areas 

The Sport Dimensions Guide for Playing Areas is published by the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation. The information contained in this publication is directed towards planning, designing and marking out sports playing areas.

Facilities Planning Guides

For more information on facilities planning visit the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation and Sport and Recreation Victoria websites.

Asset Management

Visit the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation website to find out about asset management.

Need more information?

For further information on the funding program, contact your nearest Sport and Recreation Services Office.

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Last updated
9 January 2014