In 1992, a comprehensive review of the functional and financial relationship between state and local government was conducted under the Better Government Agreement. The aim was to deliver better, cost-effective services to the community by building cooperative planning, funding, development and management partnerships.
The agreed aims were to:
- Clearly define the roles and responsibilities between both tiers of government.
- Respond to community needs.
- Reduce government expenditure by minimising duplication.
- Improve financial arrangements between governments.
As an agreed outcome a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Capital Resource Sharing (Education and related facilities) was executed in 1993 between the Premier, the Minister for Education and the President of the Western Australian Municipal Association (now the Western Australian Local Government Association) on behalf of all local governments.
The MOU established the agreed structure and processes required to ensure that capital works programs for education and related facilities are coordinated to maximise the quality and quantity of value-for-money services delivered to and available to the community.
In 1999 as a joint initiative with the Department of Education (DoE) and the Department of Local Government (DLG), the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) released an issues paper that raised awareness of processes for planning the joint development and use of shared facilities at schools and within communities.
In 2009, DSR established the Physical Activity Task Force (PATF) Schools Working Group (SWG) under the umbrella of Be Active WA (BEAC), with the Department of Education as a foundation member.
The Group’s purpose was to manage and coordinate the implementation of a built environment strategy and aim to strategically support and influence physical activity, adding value to the work of other agencies.
In 2011, the SWG proposed to develop a standardised approach guide that would inform proponents and users on how to plan, develop and manage shared community and school facilities. The outcome of this collaborative work is this interactive guide – A guide to shared facilities in the sport and recreation community.