Community Sports and Recreation
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Mar 2022

Council is committed to supporting community based sport and recreation organisations by providing easy to understand, useful tips and information to assist clubs with good governance models that can improve business practices.

See the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) support for sport and recreation page for information regarding financial assistance, programs and updates. 

Club development / guidelines

Governance structures and club culture have a significant impact on the successful performance of sporting organisations. The Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Services website has information on:

  • running and promoting a club
  • increasing participation
  • grants and funding
  • rules, rights and legislation
  • better business practices
  • supporting volunteers
  • junior sport
  • drugs an sport
  • food for sport
  • education and training.

Club support resources

Most community sports clubs have tenure with council as they are located on council owned or controlled land. Tenure includes leases, licences to use and permits to use. These documents are contracts which illustrate the roles and responsibilities of clubs and council. More information is available in the Community Leaseholder Toolkit[656KB].

Club Operations and Governance

The SportAus website provides a wide range of information and resources including Governance, Policy Frameworks, Athlete Development, Participation and Funding.

Sport Australia's Game Plan portal provides a digital platform solution designed to provide sporting clubs of all sizes with valuable insights into their strategic and operational capabilities.

Use the platform to assess your clubs' strengths and weaknesses and access best-practice information and resources from across the sector to build and support your ongoing development. 


Clubs on council owned or controlled land are required to pay for all water and sewerage costs under their tenure agreements. Council encourages clubs to:

  • install water saving devices at their venues
  • keep devices well maintained
  • be mindful of usage
  • and read and log water meters on a weekly basis to detect any leaks or unusual usage.

Unitywater billing consists of access charges based on meter size, water charges based on consumption (the amount of water going through the meter), and sewerage charges. Sewerage charges are based on a percentage of water consumed, determined by the type of venue and how water is deemed to be used. The percentage is called the 'Discharge Factor' , noted on the back page of the Unitywater account. To have this percentage reviewed to potentially gain savings, complete the Sewerage Usage Review form[679KB] and submit it via council's Sport Planning and Development Team at

Fact sheets

For information on topics including:

  • membership
  • fundraising
  • canteen
  • grants and
  • sponsorship

refer to the Sports Club Development and Support fact sheet[1228KB].

Position profiles for committees

Most volunteer turnover occurs at the end of the season or at the time of the annual general meeting. A succession plan is necessary to provide opportunities for potential leaders within organisations to be identified and developed in readiness to move up into leadership positions.

Examples of position profiles for committee members are available to help with these types of appointments:

Frequently asked questions

To assist with other enquiries that you may have, browse the following frequently asked questions.

Alternately download the frequently asked questions fact sheet[545KB].