Council resources and support for managing your community organisation

Brisbane City Council offers services, resources and support to help you manage your community, sports or recreation organisation.


Council has a team of advisors who can help you manage your organisation. They can provide you with:

  • information on resources, initiatives and grants to help you solve your organisation's challenges
  • assistance to obtain approval to undertake works on a community leased or licensed premises and help you understand your tenure obligations.

In addition to the information below, you can find out more on the Maintaining and developing community leased and licensed premises.

Closed landfill site

Managing a community facility on a closed landfill site requires a good understanding of closed landfill management and often involves rigorous assessment of an application for works.

Council has specialist officers who can offer advice and guidance to community organisations located on closed landfill sites.

Community and cultural organisations

Council's team of community development officers can provide advice on all aspects of your operations and offer guidance on useful networks, tools and resources. Visit our Community support section for more information.

Events and festivals

Council provides information on event and festival approvals and permits, as well as a range of useful event planning resources.

For events or festivals on leased or licensed sites, contact Council's Festival and Events Liaison Officer on 133 BNE (133 263) for advice on whether an entertainment permit is required.

Graffiti management

Community organisations can access support for graffiti prevention and removal. Find more information on the Managing issues on community leased and licensed premises page.

Professional advice

The Inclusive Brisbane Professional Advice Alliance is a group of experienced industry professionals who provide free expert advice for community, social enterprise and not-for-profit organisations on organisational sustainability, development and infrastructure issues such as:

  • business planning and strategy
  • collaboration opportunities
  • current issues and trends for not-for-profits in the planning, building and development industry
  • development opportunities, legislation and development application process
  • fundraising
  • legal matters and insurance
  • organisational governance
  • sustainability issues, including declining membership and governance

Note - the advice provided by the Inclusive Brisbane Professional Advice Alliance is preliminary advice and should be taken as guidance only.

Development application advice

Council hosts a series of Talk to a Planner sessions throughout the year to help community organisations and industry professionals understand Brisbane City Plan 2014. The sessions provide you with an opportunity to speak face-to-face with Council officers about planning and development in Brisbane enabling you to ask questions about City Plan and your property.

Development assessment fees reduction

Charitable, religious and not-for-profit community organisations may be eligible for financial assistance to reduce development assessment fees and costs associated with obtaining written advice or attending a prelodgement meeting. Find out more on the Development works on community leased or licensed premises page.

Infrastructure charged reduction

Council provides financial assistance to eligible community organisations to reduce the cost of infrastructure charges. Find out more on the Development works on community leased or licensed premises page.

Sports field management and remediation

Council has dedicated officers who can assist sports organisations with sports field management advice including water saving measures, irrigation systems, turf management and effective remediation practices.


Building and sports field condition audits

Council regularly undertakes free condition audits on buildings and sports fields on community leased and licensed sites to assist tenants with the maintenance and management of the facilities.

Facility safety audits and advice

Council has dedicated officers trained in crime prevention and safety audits, who provide free practical support and advice to all types of community and business organisations about safety. This service may include:

  • undertaking a site inspection to provide guidance about how to deal with safety issues (e.g. needles being left around the premises)
  • providing advice on how to improve the safety of facilities and crime prevention through environment design (CPTED) principles and technology such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

To contact the team for advice or to request a safety audit of your premises, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.


Brisbane Community Profiles

The Brisbane Community Profiles provide detailed statistical information for Brisbane on the people who live in an area, the workers and businesses. Profiles are generated automatically using the latest demographic, social and economic data.

Local Government Toolbox

The Local Government Toolbox provides Council information and resources on a range of topics such as food licensing and safety, health, waste management, and air/noise/water pollution.


Council provides strategic documents that guide future planning for Brisbane. Use this information (where relevant) to help prepare funding applications and undertake strategic planning.

More information

For more information about the resources and support we offer to community organisations, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

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