Natural Grass vs Synthetic Turf Study Report

The use of synthetic turf playing surfaces is becoming more popular in Australia and internationally.

An organisation’s (sport club, association, local or state government) decision to have a natural grass or synthetic turf comes down to their specific objectives for environmental, social, health and financial outcomes.

In addition to the Decision Making Guide, the following is a detailed report on natural grass vs synthetic turf for bowls, tennis, hockey, soccer/rugby, ovals (football/cricket) and/or any relevant multi-purpose facilities, that the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and other key stakeholders can use to assist with decision making, policy and planning. The report will consider the factors that contribute to the choice of playing surface, in terms of performance, safety and playing facility requirements for the above sports.

In addition to details on the specific sports, the current knowledge on environmental, social, health and financial implications of synthetic turf compared to natural turf will be presented in detail.


The information in this guide was published in 2011 and cannot be relied upon as professional advice concerning the decision as to natural grass v synthetic turf. No assurance is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this guide and readers should seek more up to date information prior to making a decision. Readers should obtain their own independent and professional advice in relation to their project.