It comes as the league marks a successful start to the season, with opening matches that have drawn crowds of up 20,000 people and television audiences of up to 375,000.
Ms Livingstone said that while «women’s sport has been here for a very long time», rising enthusiasm for the AFL Women’s league reflected a societal shift.
«There is this wave of support for women in sport and I think it’s not just about sport, it’s also about changing the fabric of the nation,» she said.
«Women are getting more opportunity to be able to play sport, whether it be in the community or as elite athletes, and they are really being recognised for that.»
Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the funding boost would support the development of current and future Australian female athletes.
“We recognise that the success of all of our women’s sporting teams has seen a huge increase in participation in all women’s sports – especially the AFLW – and this investment will ensure that facilities remain up-to-scratch to meet their needs,” Senator McKenzie said.
«Our top level female athletes are setting the pace on the Australian sporting scene and that positive story flows right down the line to our grassroots sports clubs … This investment will make sure that young girls see our best female athletes competing at the elite level at major venues.»
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the project would provide a pathway for women from the local community all the way to the elite level, opening up new opportunities for young athletes.
“It is so important for our elite female athletes to have access to purpose-built high performance facilities to develop their full potential,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“Success in sport is not just measured by on-field achievements, and that’s why it’s so pleasing to see that the redevelopment … will provide training and education facilities for women to further their careers as officials.
“We’ll continue to invest in the infrastructure which provides the level of support our female athletes and coaches need to achieve their dreams because they need our support.”
Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said AFLW players were «role models for the next generation of girls».
«It’s vital that they have the professional facilities to match their status as star athletes,” Ms O’Dwyer said.
Dana is health and industrial relations reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.