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WA Football Facilities Fund

The WAFC considers unisex amenities (change room and umpires rooms), improved lighting and playing surface upgrades as high strategic priorities to accommodate the exponential growth and changing landscape of participation  in sport. This priority is highlighted across our strategic documents including the All Abilities & Inclusion Strategy, the Women’s Footy Vision Strategy 2021-2030, and the WAFC Facilities Strategy 2020-2030. 

The WAFC has teamed with the AFL to develop the WA Football Facilities Fund, to create safer and more inclusive spaces for community sport venues where football is played. From elite to local grassroots venues, the fund will enhance facilities for all ages and all abilities. 

The aim of the program is to:

  • Maximise available carrying capacity of existing venues and the quality/functionality of supporting infrastructure.
  • Develop increased supply through construction of new ovals, especially in growing communities, in a variety of traditional or innovative settings.
  • Provide inclusive and accessible facilities that cater for the diversity of participants, particularly all genders and all-ability participants, that wish to participate in our game.
  • Develop venues to support the elite game and the sport’s complete talent pathway, umpiring, staff, landmark heritage sites and people working and volunteering within the game.
  • Enable planning and project partnerships to form with a range of government and non-government bodies to result in an improved quantity, quality, and welcoming venue network for Australian football.

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

WA Football Facilities Fund Guidelines

2024 WA Football Facilities Fund - Small Grants Round NOW CLOSED

Applications are being reviewed and applicants notified in July 2024.


WAFC PILA Goal Post Kick-start Subsidy Program NOW OPEN

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The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC), in partnership with our exclusive goal post partner PILA, are pleased to offer the 2024 Goal Post Kick-start Subsidy Program.

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

The program will run annually and applicants can apply for a $1000 subsidy (Can only receive one successful grant over this period).

Applications open Wednesday 1st May and close Sunday 30th June 2024.

Eligible Products

  • 10m/6.5m or 12m/8m goal posts with sleeve or hinge bases.

About PILA

PILA is the long-standing, exclusive official goal post partner to many of the largest sporting associations in Australia. PILA products have been chosen by most major stadiums and elite venues and their 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 receive a 7-year warranty, a certificate of compliance and you are investing in high-quality equipment that meets AFL and Australian Standards. 


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.

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 by State and Territory Australian Football Controlling Bodies, Councils, Leagues, Clubs, Schools and associated stakeholders to inform the provision and development of appropriate facilities for community level Australian Football venues.

AFL Preferred Facility Digital (2024)

AFL Preferred Facility Print (2024)

AFL Preferred Facility Summary (2024)


WA Football Facility of the Year Awards

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.

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 2024 season.

Nominations for 2024 will open July - August, with announcements in September

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:

2023 - Baldivis Sports Complex - WAFC and National Winner

2022 - Frankland Park Sporting & Community Facility

2021 - Lakelands Park Sporting Complex - WAFC and National Winner 

WA Project Claims Top AFL Community Facilities Award


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.

Small Grants Round (2 per year) - Total project cost up to $500,000

The CSRFF small grants program targets projects involving a basic level of planning. The total project cost for grant must not exceed $500,000. Grants given in this category must be claimed in the financial year following the date of approval. For projects with a grant request below $2500 it is expected that the applicant should be able to fully fund these.

Forward Planning Grants (1 per year) - Total project cost over $500,000

The CSRFF forward planning grant round targets projects involving a detailed level of planning. The total project cost for the grant must be over $500,000. Grants given in this category can be claimed up to 3 financial years following the date of approval, depending on the requirements and approved details of the project.

Club Night Lights Program (CNLP)

The Club Night Lights Program exemplifies the State Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable floodlighting infrastructure for sport across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.

Both programs aim 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. 


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:

Facilities Team
West Australian Football Commission
105 Banksia St, Tuart Hill WA 6060