Changes to the Sportsground Booking Process
As of 1 July 2016 changes to the process for hiring ACT Government sportsgrounds will come into effect. These changes are designed to better distinguish commercial and non-commercial user groups and discontinue the practice of third party hiring arrangements.
For further information on the changes please go to our Commercial and Non-Commercial Sportsgrounds Hirers page.
Each year, sportsgrounds are closed to formal sporting use as part of the restoration program giving the fields a much needed break following the wear and tear of summer sport.
Restoration activities include aeration, top dressing, over sowing and fertilizing to ensure a full cover of healthy turf is restored.
The program also allows for important maintenance operations to take place in preparation for winter competitions.
There are some exemptions where fields remain open for training and playing in cricket finals.
The Nicholls synthetic field and Woden Park (for track activities) is also exempt from the shutdown as no specific maintenance is required.
Wet weather and ground closures
All ACT Government Sportsgrounds are currently: OPEN
Please contact (02) 6207 5957 for ground closure information. Please note that this information is only updated when grounds are closed and reopened, at 9am each weekday. For weekend closures please contact your association or club.
During April and October each year, Sporting Associations have the exclusive right to make bookings at all playing fields as part of the bi-annual allocation process. Exclusivity applies for bookings between October - March (summer season) and April -September (winter season). From 1 May and 1 November, this exclusivity expires and grounds are available for all hirers.
Accordingly, no ground availability information can be displayed online for either the summer or winter seasons until the allocation period expires.
In certain circumstances a conditional booking may be accepted. Please contact the Sportsgrounds Maintenance and Improvements Office on 6207 5141 for details.
For information relating to hire costs, charges, availability and sportsgrounds maps please select one of the following links.
- Booking Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Sportsground Search
- Booking Request Form
- ACT Government Sportsgrounds Service Charter July 2016 (286.3KB) Word Version (1.5MB)
(The Service Charter is amended as needed and uploaded in April and October)
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By completing the online form.
Telephone: 13 22 81
Wet Weather Hotline (for ground closure information): (02) 6207 5957
Fax: (02) 6207 5149