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Schools—sports facilities
(Question No 659)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 22 September 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development):

(1) How many schools have now been made available as indoor sporting facilities by the Directorate.

(2) Can the Minister provide (a) a list of those schools, (b) a list of what courts are available each day and (c) what the hire cost is for each facility.

(3) Who sets the cost for each facility.

(4) Where does the money go.

(5) How does a sporting club get access to the facilities.

(6) How many are currently being used by non-school based sports.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Education Directorate’s community use of schools policies and procedures place a positive obligation on all schools to make their facilities available for public use outside of school hours. In 2016-17 there were approximately 500 community use hirers across ACT public schools. These groups range from sporting groups to multicultural groups and other community groups. To date, the Indoor Sports Facility Working Group (the Working Group) has undertaken additional works to increase access at five ACT public schools and work continues to increase access where capacity exists.


a) The sites that have had works undertaken to improve access include Alfred Deakin High School, Wanniassa High School, Lyneham High School, Lake Tuggeranong College and the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning.

b) Details of facilities available for hire at each school site and direct contact details for each school can be found on the Education Directorate’s website at Additional assistance to potential hirers of facilities in ACT public schools is provided through the Education Support Office at

c) The Directorate provides indicative community and commercial guideline rates of hire for schools in line with the annual fees and charges review process. However, individual school principals have the discretion to reduce and/or waive hire rates based on the marginal costs of usage or in consideration of non-cash benefits to their individual school, students and the community.

(3) Please refer to response 2c).

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