Shared Facilities Fund (SFF)

Up to $50M is available from Shared Facilities Fund to deliver greater support to schools, councils and other institutions to develop shared facilities arrangements.

Shared Facilities Fund

Shared Facilities Fund (SFF)

The 2016-17 Shared Facilities Fund (SFF) is a contribution towards meeting local infrastructure needs by developing community facilities on school sites across Victoria.

This program is overseen by the Minister for Education and the State Treasurer, and administered by the
Department of Education and Training (DET).



The Government recognises that Victoria is experiencing population growth and development.

Integrated school and community facilities play an integral role in bringing together communities. They allow for increased access local services and participation opportunities, and foster a sense of community pride and value in schools.

Co-located and shared facilities build a sense of collective purpose between school and community. They facilitate diverse and positive learning experiences, increasing family involvement in children’s schooling, and improving attendance and achievement of students. They build a sense of community and foster improved connectivity with schools.

The SFF will complement other government infrastructure investment in communities and build partnerships with local councils. Shared Facilities projects will be built by DET in coordination with successful applicants and delivered on current or future DET school sites. Typically, the government is looking for a project based on co-funding the capital costs, but other arrangements will be considered on their merits. For example, the governance ongoing operating costs being the responsibility of the service provider as agreed upon in a community joint use agreement.



The 2016-17 SFF will contribute to a prosperous and liveable Victoria by delivering community facilities on school sites across the state.

The program will target high priority community infrastructure projects that contribute to:

  • community strengthening and wellbeing
  • improved ability to respond to community needs and demands
  • enhanced school and community pride
  • culture and community education



In the 2016-17 State budget, the Victorian Labor Government invested $50 million into the Shared Facilities Fund (SFF). This new fund will deliver integrated community facilities on school sites.

In addition to the Shared Facilities commitment, funding for infrastructure will be available through the following programs:

  • $50 million over four years to develop modern and flexible early childhood centres across the state through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, with an additional $10 million earmarked for capital projects in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, and an improved approach to planning for Victoria’s future needs.
  • $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for Melbourne’s interface councils, plus an additional $20 million for the Living Libraries Fund.
  • $100 million for the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Sport and Recreation Victoria to develop and improve community sport and recreation infrastructure throughout the state plus an additional $22 million for the Better Indoor Stadiums fund.


Eligible Projects

The 2016-17 SFF will fund the construction of facilities on existing or new school sites. Recognising the complexity of some local infrastructure, five funding streams will be available in 2016-17.

Funding will be available for:

  • Early learning hubs – including early childhood education and care services
  • Performing Arts Centres and libraries (in addition to other multi-purpose community rooms)
  • Sport and recreation facilities
  • Community shaping, multiservice centres
  • Community health facilities

The 2016-17 SFF will fund a mix of projects that can demonstrate a direct benefit to communities across these broad infrastructure categories:

  • community health, well-being, and social interaction
  • early education
  • sport, recreation, and leisure
  • arts, culture and community education

Infrastructure projects will commence construction within 12 months of being announced, and service delivery must be ready to commence once construction has been completed.


Eligible Applicants

Local Government Authorities located in Victoria are eligible to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Shared Facilities Fund.

Additionally, the Department of Education and Training will accept EOI submissions from third party organisations such as Universities and not-for-profit services.

Third party organisations will be required to demonstrate how their service aligns with local council’s long-term provision planning, along with all other relevant information. Third party organisations that are successful in the EOI stage will have to provide proof of their long-term financial viability to operate the facility. The Department reserves the right to request any supplementary information as necessary.

Not-for-profit or third party organisations should demonstrate how they are partnering with local councils to put
forward Expression of Interest proposals for the 2016-17 SFF.

Two-thirds of the program funding will be allocated to projects in the following seven growth areas – Casey,  Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia, and Mitchell.

Applicants should review these guidelines to confirm eligibility.



Applications close 18 November 2016.


More Information


Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $4.15 million to improve facilities at three schools in the Shire of Cardinia.

Education Minister James Merlino visited Pakenham Hills Primary School today to announce the funding from the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund.

The fund helps build new, much-needed community facilities on school sites across Victoria.

Gum Scrub Creek Primary School, Pakenham Hills Primary School and Koo Wee Rup Secondary College will all get great new facilities that the community can use to help meet local needs.

The funding injection will provide

  • $530,000 to Gum Scrub Creek Primary School, opening in 2018, for a multi-service centre for Outside School Hours Care
  • $2 million to Pakenham Hills Primary School for a Parentzone multi-service centre
  • $1.6 million to Koo Wee Rup Secondary College to upgrade its oval and hockey pitch, and build a pavilion.

The Pakenham Hills Primary School project is being delivered in partnership with Anglicare and the Cardinia Shire Council. It will focus on bridging the gap between disadvantage and poor educational outcomes by connecting ‘hard to reach’ families with support programs and resources.

The Labor Government has invested more than $2.5 billion in the past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.

This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

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