Participation in sport and physical activity can provide females with the following benefits:

prevention and management of coronary heart disease/strokes/type 2 disbetes/dementia, weight loss and prevention of obesity, increased health/fitness/body/bone strength.


Increasing the physical activity levels of females is important for social connections, health and mental wellbeing but many Queensland women and girls are still missing out on the benefits of participation in sport and active recreation. 

The Queensland Government aims to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments co-develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants. 


  1. Provide seperate access to playing fields from the players.

  2. Provide roller shutters / sliders or similar between to open up the umpires / official room to allow for both privacy between mixed genders and common space for discussions between the umpires officials.

  3. Provide individual toilet cubicles with full height partitions and avoid urinals for unisex use. 

  4. Provide full height partitioned individual lockable cubicled showers with change seats inside each cubicle to enhance privacy for users. 

  5. Provide vanity / shelves for personal items and power points for hair dryers / other acessories near the washbasins to encourage female use.

  6. Provide natural ventilation to minimise odours.

  7. Provide high level glazing / natural light for privacy.


During the design process, emphasis should be placed on understanding the needs of all users, with a focus on gender needs to ensure facilities and infrastructure meet the needs of the whole community. Following effective design principles, relevant building codes and council guidelines will ensure, facilities will be built to adapt to changes over time, supporting equality, safety and functionality, encouraging inclusive use and active participation in sport and recreation. In addition to building legislation, codes and guidelines, the following key principles will promote a facility with much greater potential and capacity.

(referring to Design Principles of Queensland Government)


  1. Provide direct access from amenities to players' change rooms. Refer to relevant sporting facilities preferred guidelines and regulatory requirements for amenities and change room numbers and sizes. Total number of required plumbing fixtures to suit sporting codes on site and relevant authorities.

  2. Provide direct access from change rooms to playing fields with minimal level changes.

  3. Direct access to secondary playing fields is desirable where possible.

  4. Provide roller shutters or similar fixtures to open up change rooms and amenities to allow flexibility in use by all genders and ease of cleaning. 

  5. Direct access from storeroom to change rooms is desirable.

  6. Provide privacy screens to entry of change rooms.

  7. Provide individual toilet cubicles and avoid urinals for unisex use.

  8. Provide individual lockable cubicle showers with change seats inside each cubicle to enhance privacy for users.

  9. Provide vanity / shelves for personal items and power points for hair dryers / other accessories near the washbasins to encourage female use. 

  10. Provide natural ventilation to minimise odours.

  11. Provide high level glazing / natural light for privacy.


Facilities should be built with their specific purpose in mind, if this includes multiple sports or activities and a range of user groups, this should be reflected in the design, whilst promoting a flexible and multiuse approach and catering for the changing needs a club may experience. Environmental factors should also be considered such as wind direction, location of the sun, and adverse or seasonal weather changes.


Identification of compatible sports, teams, activities, clubs or organisations with similar objectives and requirements for facility design, use and management should be promoted. Examples of this would be shared cricket and AFL facilities where they use the same pitch, or indoor sports where the same surface is used but the pitch size can be varied to suit the individual sports.


Infrastructure should be efficiently designed to promote equitable and flexible use by a mixture of users

capable of sharing facilities and usage times. In particular, the facility space planning and design of public spaces should adopt a universal and multipurpose approach. This may mean two unisex change rooms/amenities and should include facilities for able-bodied, ambulant persons and persons with a disability (PWD), which can be used equally by a male or female team, as and when required. This could also equate to multiple smaller change rooms which can be converted into a larger change room when required.


The principles of Universal Design should be applied to community sport and recreation facilities as to accommodate all users, not only the majority users. Universal Design ensures the facility is suitably designed to allow a greater use for all active participants and visitors.


Facility design and layout should promote optimal and efficient use of space for all forms of expected usage, with a layout demonstrating convenience for users and holistic usability. This may include easily

accessible storage areas, or large entrances/hallways to accommodate busy periods.


Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) takes into consideration the relationship between users and the physical environment in the design of public spaces in crime prevention and assists with public safety. This may include sufficient lighting in dark areas, or reducing secluded or entrapment areas.


Security and safety of users should be paramount. Community sport and active recreation facilities and their surrounds should be designed, built and maintained in accordance with relevant occupational health and safety standards. Sufficient emergency exits, suitable surfaces (non-slip where appropriate) and clear, concise signage.

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