Brisbane City Council Sports Field Audits 2020

During Summer and Autumn of 2020, a total of 556 sports fields were assessed as part of the Brisbane City Council Sports Field Audit project undertaken by IVM Group.

Objective of the audits

  • Measure the current condition of each sports field.
  • Provide information to Council that will increase its understanding of the condition of the city’s sports fields.
  • Generate data that can be compared with past and future audits.
  • Provide a prioritised field improvement program, with potential costs, based on the data collected for each field.
  • Deliver summary reports for each field, including practical management advice, that will provide sports clubs with information essential in the development of a proactive turf management program.


  • Data to be collected from 5 or 6 sampling locations in each field.
  • The location where each of these samples were collected and the data from each sample point was recorded using a Smart Phone App.
  • In addition, some other information and general observations were also made (i.e. pest infestations, safety hazards etc.)
  • The field assessments were followed by detailed analysis of the data.


  • A ratings system was developed in order to provide a simple and easy to understand measure for the data obtained during the audit.
  • An overall rating was calculated for each field (This rating is not just an indication of the general appearance of the field, but also takes into account a wide range of other important aspects that are not visually apparent (e.g. soil characters, playability, safety etc.).
  • Individual reports were generated for each of the fields, ready for distribution to the sporting clubs.
  • An overall report was written for BCC that outlines the methods used and provides an overview of the findings.
  • A spreadsheet has also been developed which includes all of the data, along with a prioritised and costed field improvement program.
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