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Community Use of School Facilities and Resources in Public Schools


2 Background

For the purposes of this document, school facilities and resources are defined as:

  • school buildings and the facilities contained within them;
  • school grounds and recreation areas and associated structures; and
  • parking areas.

Community use of school facilities and resources can provide a number of benefits to the school and the community, including:

  • the development of positive perceptions about schools and learning;
  • the development of cooperation and goodwill in school, community and local government relationships;
  • increased community awareness of school activities;
  • the opportunity for schools to improve their curriculum and learning programs through access to a wider range of resources and talents in the community;
  • improved levels of security for the school through out-of-hours use;
  • the potential for increased financial returns to the school;
  • access for the community to a wider range of facilities and resources; and
  • more efficient utilisation of the community's large investment in school facilities and resources.

It is important that the community perceives schools as being community buildings, and it is more likely that this will occur when schools make as many of their facilities and resources available as is feasible.


  1. Collaborative relationships between schools and the community are to be encouraged.
  2. The utilisation of school facilities by community groups and educational providers is a legitimate and reasonable use of publicly funded facilities, enabling schools to better meet community expectations.
  3. Flexibility of approach is desirable in facilitating agreements between schools and TAFEWA colleges regarding use of facilities and the kinds of consumables and equipment that will be provided by the school for use by the TAFEWA college.
  4. TAFEWA colleges will have preferred customer status when schools are deciding about use of facilities.

Community Use of School Facilities and Resources in Public Schools

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