“A national infrastructure database is a key planning resource that will benefit a significant proportion of PLA members (including local government), the overall industry, and ultimately local communities”
Mark Band, Chief Executive, Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA)
“As a sport and leisure planning company working across Australasia, this is exactly what this industry has needed for a long time. OPG will be proactively supporting this initiative as it will save us and our clients significant research time and cost whilst ultimately also benefiting a broad range of organisations across Australia”
Mike King, Director, Otium Planning Group (OPG)
The database contains 16,000+ sites. Please watch this video before logging in for the first time. Features include:
Developed by an industry for an industry.
Governed by a cross-industry steering group which includes state governments and national bodies, the database is managed through the SportsEye platform, which was developed and launched in 2019 by ActiveXchange to support venue operators, government and sports make more informed planning, investment and delivery decisions. A bi-product of SportsEye, which involves 500+ accounts connecting to form a network, is the listing of over 16,000 sites and facilities across all states. This includes data uploaded by councils, operators, sports and state government, as well as ActiveXchange. The initiative is designed to enable a cross-industry community to contribute to and utilise a central industry planning resource (significantly reducing duplication and the ongoing issues with respect to data availability and quality).
To access and/or contribute to the database please request a free account below.
“This is exactly what our sector needs and will fill a major gap in the industry. Collecting information on facilities is a major resource drain for facility providers and this will greatly streamline this process and provide a level of consistency not seen before. That is why Tredwell are getting behind this game changing initiative.”
Neil Tredwell, Managing Director, Tredwell Management
ActiveXchange in 2019 as part of a 3 year partnership helped to setup Sport NZ's National Planning Toolkit to create and manage a the national infrastructure database. This platform is administered by Sport NZ with a direct integration into SportsEye to enable our SportsEye partners (operators, government, RSTs and sports) to develop and leverage planning, investment and delivery intelligence related to this information. For more information contact intelligence@ActiveXchange.org
The Steering Group has shaped the database structure, so the most relevant information on sites and facilities can be managed in one central online location by industry organisation, reducing duplication, saving time and resource
Over 16,000 site locations are already listed. Each site contains one or several facilities. Using common data standards for the collection of this information means subsequent supply and demand analysis is accurate and consistent
An analysis dashboard enables users to filter graphs by suburb or local government and select multiple areas to benchmark provision levels. With a SportsEye account users can also download relevant parts of the database to use within further analysis and reporting
Any account can also create an action plan for sites or for the organisation in general, storing and managing plans and priorities from concept to delivery stage in one central location aligned with wider insights
Plans can be kept private to the organisation, with users in the same organisation able to comment against these plans. As plans evolve over time this is a great tool for coordinating and storing input from across teams (no more spreadsheets!)
Users can also publish plans onto the SportsEye Network, as a way for Councils to share upcoming plans with neighbouring areas (to avoid duplication of supply) and for sports to have visibility between themselves and of relevant Council plans
There is no obligation on an organisation to use an account once logins have been provided. All information provided in registering for an account will be used for the sole purpose of this initiative, to keep you informed with regular updates.
Why is this needed?
There is a huge amount of time and resource wasted in collecting basic infrastructure information (name of the site, location, specification of facilities, access information, age of facilities, quality rating etc.), significant duplication between organisations, as well as a lack of consistency in information gathered. A central national database has significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure planning decision making across other countries and its now time Australia made this step forward.
Who governs the initiative?
A cross-industry group which includes state government and associations, national bodies and a selection of leisure and sport planning consultants.
When will the platform go live?
The current launch date is mid-March 2020. Pre-registered accounts will be issued in waves.
Who’s the database designed for?
All stakeholders who have an interest within community sport, leisure and recreational infrastructure. If your organisation is undertaking any kind of strategy or planning work this toolkit should be of assistance.
What data is contained?
Non-commercially sensitive data on sites and the facilities within these sites. The database structure has had significant input from the Steering Group and will be reviewed on a rolling basis by this group.
What will I be able to access?
Your account will enable you to add and edit details on any sites already contained within the database as well as add new sites. You will be able to analyse the data using the built-in dashboards, as well as export the data in Excel format.
What system is used to manage the data?
A data and business intelligence organisation called ActiveXchange has an existing online platform that is used by around 500 state and local government, sport and operator organisations to access business and shared market insight. This has been expanded to manage this database, governed by the Steering Group. The online platform is being launched with 16,000+ sites listed which includes uploads from state governments.
Who owns and can access the data?
The data is open to any organisation. You will require a SportsEye account in order to manage, analyse or export the information. All changes to the database are tracked and timestamped and back ups regularly taken.
Any further questions at this stage please don’t hesitate to contact intelligence@ActiveXchange.org