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10 Brens Drive, Parkville

Policy objective 
Women in sport

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Project partners
The State Sports Centre Trust
Netball Victoria
Hockey Victoria 


The $64.6 million State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC) redevelopment is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s record investment in women’s sport.

From grassroots to elite, the upgrade will make Parkville the home for netball and hockey in Australia.

The SNHC will also cater for international elite athletes and competition as well as being a hub for athlete development, major sport programs, sector education programs, and sports administration.

The redevelopment will also establish the Women in Sport Leadership Centre, which will kick-start initiatives to drive cultural change and grow female leadership in sport.

The new facilities will be developed within the existing boundaries of the centre.

500,000 visitors a year

12,850 additional square metres

$64.6M invested in women's sport

Building Opportunities for Women in Construction

You can’t be what you can’t see, so the women in construction working on the Victorian Government’s $64.6M State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment have developed a program to encourage women to find their pathway in the construction industry.

The construction industry is an exciting place to be at the moment. It is playing a major part in shaping Victoria’s economy, but it has one of the lowest participation rates of women of any sector.  

Led by Development Victoria and Kane Constructions, this program aims to promote the challenging and exciting roles within the sector for women.

The first online information session, held on 16 July 2020, was aimed at girls and young women considering a career in construction. It featured six women talking about their own pathway into construction, sharing their experiences and answering questions. 

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Redeveloping the State Netball and Hockey Centre - February 2019


  • Six new indoor netball courts to replace the current four outdoor courts, bringing the total number of usable netball courts to 11
  • An indoor hockey facility
  • A high-performance strength and conditioning gym
  • Women in Sport Leadership Centre
  • Sports House 2 — modeled on Sports House at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, providing a home for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria
  • Upgrades to amenity and infrastructure including: a new front entrance, improved circulation and improved access to public transport


The Victorian Government has appointed contractor Kane Constructions to deliver the project and unveiled the initial designs for the centre in 2018.

Kane Constructions is a Victorian builder and industry leader, with a solid track record in the delivery of elite and community sporting venues across Australia, including Stage 4 of Kardinia Park in Geelong.

Women in Construction

Under a pilot program led by Kane Construction, a call will be made to Victorian women and girls, including the thousands who play at the State Netball and Hockey Centre at Royal Park each week, to consider a career in construction.

Women account for just 17% of construction jobs, and less than six per cent of technical and trade roles.

The program will incorporate information sessions on pathways to a career in construction, highlight role models for young women in the industry, and develop strategies to break down barriers.


The State Netball Hockey Centre is located on Brens Drive in Parkville, next to the Royal Melbourne Zoo. It's just three kilometres from the CBD and easily accessible via Citylink.

Who to contact about this project

To register your interest in the program’s information sessions please email us at

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Women and girls in sport

In December 2015, the Victorian Government released a report from the 'Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation'.

The report looks at gender inequality in Victorian sport and recreation, and outlined nine recommendations to increase leadership and participation by women and girls:

  1. Drive commitment through an Ambassadors of Change program
  2. Engage and empower by connecting Ambassadors to women and girls
  3. Mandate gender balance and good governance principles
  4. Reform recruitment practices and processes for leadership positions
  5. Enhance participation choice and improve how opportunities are marketed
  6. Deliver female-friendly built environments and equitable facility usage policies
  7. Build an enabling environment through education and training
  8. Showcase the pathways and opportunities through role models
  9. Increase the profile of women in sports media

The Victorian Government has started working to implement all nine recommendations

This strategy also considers Sport and Recreation Victoria’s five objectives for state facilities:

  1. Building and maintaining Victoria’s capacity to attract and retain major and significant events
  2. Supporting state level and professional sporting teams competing in national and international competitions
  3. Supporting athlete development by delivering quality high performance coaching, training, sport science and recovery facilities for state and national level athletes
  4. Providing access to appropriate facilities that support the state-wide administration of sport, including coaching development
  5. Providing facilities that support participation in sport and recreation