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Sport and Recreation

Sport and recreation is an integral part of life in Ipswich City. The City has a proud sporting heritage that has produced many sporting champions participating in a wide range of sports.

Council administers three sport and recreation programs that support and recognise Ipswich sports persons and their achievements, and provide support to sport and recreation organisations to host events in Ipswich. 

Sport Excellence Bursaries

If you are representing Queensland or Australia at a sporting event you may be eligible for a bursary from Ipswich City Council of up to $300. Applications are open to junior and senior representation. Bursary applications can be made throughout the financial year for events within that year by simply completing the online application form.

When applying for a Sport Excellence Bursary, please ensure you meet the following criteria, and provide the appropriate documentation when completing your application:

  • Applicant must be an Ipswich resident
  • Applicant must be an amateur sportsperson
  • Applicant must have been selected to represent Queensland or Australia at a sporting event within the financial year
  • Applicant must attach evidence of selection to compete (e.g. letter from sanctioning body)

If you are awarded a Sport Excellence Bursary you will automatically go in the running to receive a monthly Ipswich Sports Award. The assessment for these awards are based on the following categories, please provide details where applicable:

  • Selection/Competition
  • Performance (Team or Individual)
  • Commitment (Including Awards and Positions, Excellent Performance and Volunteering)

If you are applying for a Sport Excellence Bursary and your event is going to be held in the 2015/2016 financial year complete the Online Application Form.

For assistance please contact the Applications Team on (07) 3810 6666.

Each month eligible bursary recipients will be notified by mail and will be in the running to receive the monthly Ipswich Sports Awards (please click on below 'Ipswich Sports Awards' link for more information about this program). 

Ipswich Sports Awards

The Ipswich Sports Awards support, recognise and reward sportspersons for excellent performance in and commitment to sport. Winners receive prizes up to the value of $2,000 at the annual awards ceremony.

Nominations have now closed and winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on 31 October 2015.  Tickets can be purchased from Ipswich Tickets.          

Award categories include:

  • Sporting Organisation of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Masters Sports Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Sports Excellence of the Year
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Year

The prestigious Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented on the night. 

The 2014/15 Ipswich Sports Awards are proudly sponsored by:
Powerade - Good Sports - Illustrious Type & Design - Sport Ipswich - Touch Rugby League - New Hope Group

Sporting Event Sponsorship 

The Sporting Event Sponsorship program aims to assist eligible organisations to host local, district, regional, state, national and international sporting events within the boundaries of the city. The objectives of the program are:

  • To increase physical activity for community benefit.
  • Assist in building the capacity of sport and recreation organisations to host events and for the events to become sustainable.
  • Create partnerships with local, state and national sporting organisations.
  • Activate spaces and facilities.

Time Frame

Applications for the sporting event sponsorship can be submitted at any point during the year. Please note that applications must be received at least 8 weeks before the date of the event to ensure that there is sufficient time for the processing of applications.


Organisations that apply for support under the Sporting Event Sponsorship program must meet the following criteria:

  • Sporting Events must be within the geographic boundaries of Ipswich City Council
  • Must be incorporated, Ipswich based and not for profit
  • Sponsorship is only available for one event per organisation per financial year
  • Must be covered by a Public Liability Insurance Policy with a minimum value of $10,000,000  (The insurance company must be licensed to operate in Australia.)
  • All previous Ipswich City Council Sporting Event Sponsorship grants of $1000.00 or more must be acquitted.

Not Eligible

  • Schools
  • Political organisations
  • Unincorporated groups
  • Religious events
  • Charity events
  • Events that are not a sporting competition or championship

Application Process

Stage 1 - Event Planning

Ipswich City Council requires organisations seeking sponsorship to demonstrate effective event planning. This includes a complete budget for the proposed event. If you require assistance with developing a budget please contact the Sport and Recreation Officer at

Stage 2 - Applying

Complete Online Application Form

For assistance please contact the Applications Team on (07) 3810 6666.

Note: Incomplete or late applications will not be eligible.

Stage 3 - Application is assessed

Your application will be assessed on the following:

  • Alignment with Program Objectives
  • Community Benefits (incl Participants, Relevance, Partnership Development and Capacity Building)
  • Planning (incl Ability to Deliver, Budget and Support from other sources)
  • Sustainability
  • City/Council Benefits (incl City/Council Exposure, Economic Benefit from Visitors, Event Timing and Growth Potential)

Stage 4 - Outcome

Organisations will be notified of the outcome of their application. Applicants may be required to attend a meeting to further discuss the event and the sponsorship agreement, including type of support and responsibilities.

The value of sponsorship will be determined by Council in accordance with your application and the marking criteria. However previous event sponsorship support does not guarantee ongoing sponsorship support.

Any successful applicants will need to fulfil specific requirements which may include displaying Ipswich City Council signage and logos etc. Your requirements will be outlined in an agreement that you will be required to sign.

Council reserves the right to recover any Sporting Event Sponsorship support should the sponsored event be cancelled or postponed.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Goods and Services Tax is applicable to all services including the financial assistance provided under this program provided that the applicant is registered for GST.

If your organisation has an ABN and is registered for GST, the sponsorship will be grossed up by the GST amount. You will be required to remit the GST amount to the Australian Taxation Office on your next Business Activity Statement.

Also, your organisation is required to enter into a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI) Agreement by completing this section of the application form. The RCTI Agreement allows Ipswich City Council to raise a Tax Invoice on behalf of the organisation. This means a Tax Invoice cannot then be issued by the organisation. The RCTI will be generated and sent to the organisation with sponsorship.

If your organisation is not registered for GST, then no GST will be applicable to the sponsorship.  Your organisation is required to send Council an invoice for the approved amount of the sponsorship. Once the Ipswich City Council receives the invoice for sponsorship funds payment will be processed and sent to the organisation.

Withholding Tax

Under the Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding system, Council is obliged to withhold tax from recipients that do not quote an Australian Business Number (ABN). If your organisation wishes to claim exemption from withholding tax it must complete this section of the application form. 

Other Sporting Awards/Grants Programs

Young Athletes Travel Subsidy - The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing provide this program to support young athletes attendance at specific state, national and international events. Athletes and officials can only apply for the funding after they have competed or officiated at an event, and within 6 months of participating.

Australian Sports Commission - Local Sporting Champions - The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

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Building Better Clubs

Sport and recreation clubs play a key role in keeping the community healthy and active.  Building Better Clubs has been created to help sport and recreation clubs in Ipswich be sustainable for a better community.

The program focuses on providing support in five key areas:

  • Education and Training - workshops, seminars and other resources focusing on important issues relevant to clubs
  • Grants and Awards - Council and other grant, funding and award opportunities available to clubs
  • Promotion - local opportunities to promote clubs online and through programs
  • Information - industry and Council news/updates, current grant, funding and award opportunities, upcoming workshops, facility booking information and other resources for clubs
  • Communication - provide Council with your ideas for workshops and resources, and feedback about the program

For more information about the support available please visit the Building Better Clubs page.