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Queen's Baton Relay FAQ's

General

What is the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR?)

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will be the longest in history and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.

When does the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay start?

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) begins at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017. At a commencement ceremony Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place Her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes into the Baton and entrust it to the first Batonbearer.

How long is the GC2018 QBR?

The GC2018 QBR is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

What is the significance of the Queen’s Baton Relay?

As it is passed between people, the Baton embraces the modern and multicultural Commonwealth of today, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection and our understanding of each other.

Besides safely containing Her Majesty’s message, the QBR shares the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world, shining a light on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Games to come.

Where does the Queen’s Baton go?

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton will visit all nations and territories of the Commonwealth on its way to the Opening Ceremony of GC2018 on 4 April 2018. In Australia the Baton will spend time in communities across every state and territory.

When does the QBR start its Australian journey?

The QBR starts its journey in Australia on 25 December 2017. The Baton will be celebrated in communities across the country for 100 days.

When will details of the QBR in Australia be announced?

The Australian Celebration Communities that the Baton will travel to were revealed in a nation-wide announcement on 5 March 2017.

Details of the Relay’s street-level activities and other public celebrations will be announced late 2017.

Who can carry the Baton?

A Community Batonbearer Nomination Program gives thousands of everyday Australians the chance to share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great. Being a Batonbearer is a unique experience and opportunity to be involved in GC2018.

How many batonbearers are there?

Many thousands of batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton around the Commonwealth. In Australia alone there will be 3,800 batonbearers who will share its remarkable journey.

Is the Relay accessible to everyone?

The Relay has been designed to be inclusive and open to people of all abilities, giving as many people as possible an opportunity to spend quality time with the Baton. Unlike a classic relay, running is not essential to the QBR and batonbearers may travel at their own pace.

Who designed the GC2018 Queen’s Baton?

A Brisbane-based firm, Designworks, designed, manufactured and engineered the GC2018 Queen’s Baton and its accessories so that it is accessible to people of all abilities. Their unique design embodies the boundless energy, spirit and vibrancy of the Gold Coast, Queensland and GC2018. 

Is the Queen’s Baton Relay the same as the Olympic Torch Relay?

Unlike the Olympic Torch, of which there are many in one relay, there is only one Queen’s Baton that is passed between thousands of people around the world. To date the QBR has travelled further and to more nations than any Olympic Torch.

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Where does the Queen’s Baton Relay travel in Australia?

The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Further information about the international sector is available on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Australia on 24 December 2017 and travel for 100 days through local Australian communities across all states and territories. Explore where the Baton will travel in Australia on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

What does being a Batonbearer mean?

Batonbearers are everyday people who inspire others to be great. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, a Batonbearer has the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton and representing their family, friends and community with pride. Being a Batonbearer is an experience that people treasure, and above all, batonbearers should expect to have fun, celebrate and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How many batonbearers will there be in Australia?

Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will be given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton throughout Australia.

How do I nominate someone to become a Batonbearer?

You can nominate a friend, relative or someone you know from your community by completing the online nomination form on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

Can someone make a nomination if they do not have access to the internet?

Nominations must be submitted electronically via the Queen’s Baton Relay page. You will need to complete the online nomination form to nominate someone. Most community libraries provide free access to the general public to computers connected to the internet. If someone doesn’t have access to the internet at home, they can visit their local library to fill out the online nomination form.

Alternatively, individuals may wish to write out all the details required and see if a friend can complete the nomination online for them. See the question ‘What information does the nomination form require?’

Does the Batonbearer Nomination System accommodate for people with a range of accessibility requirements?

The Batonbearer Nomination System takes into consideration accessibility and inclusivity. The Batonbearer Nomination System is WCAG2.0 AA compliant and will cater for people who use screen readers. For people who are blind or vision impaired, local libraries can assist in completing their forms.

I want to nominate someone who doesn’t have an email address. Can I still nominate them?

An email address is required to complete the online nomination form. All communications with nominees and batonbearers are via email. We suggest you talk to the nominee and help them set up an email address so you can nominate them to become a Batonbearer.

I want to nominate someone and they share an email address with a family member/partner. Will this be a problem?

Yes. The Queen’s Baton Relay nomination system uses email addresses as the unique identifier which means that all nominees require their own email address. If more than one person is nominated using the same email address, only the first person nominated will be able to progress to the judging stage.

It is advisable to use individual email addresses when nominating someone to ensure each person has the opportunity to be nominated.

What is the eligibility to become a Batonbearer?

Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

Do you have to be a certain age to carry the Baton?

Yes. There is a minimum age. A Batonbearer must be 10 years old by the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia: 25 December 2017.

All Batonbearer nominees under 18 years old will require parent or guardian consent to participate.

What is the nomination and selection criteria to become a Batonbearer?

We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the GC2018 QBR.

A Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
  • Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
  • Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.

A nominee needs to meet one or more of the above criteria to be nominated.

What information does the nomination form require?

The nomination form requires the Nominator to complete three parts:

Part 1: Nominator’s information

  • nominator name
  • nominator email address
  • nominator contact number
  • nominator suburb and postcode

Part 2: Nominees’ information

  • nominee name
  • nominee email address
  • nominee suburb and postcode

Part 3: Nomination story

Nominators will be asked to explain in 100 words or less how their nominee meets one or more of the Batonbearer nomination and selection criteria and why they should become a Batonbearer. This information will be considered by the judging panel in selecting the successful nominations.

How far does a Batonbearer carry the Baton?

Each individual Batonbearer segment is approximately 200 metres.

Do batonbearers have to run?

Batonbearers are encouraged to travel at their own pace and ability level. It is not necessary to run.

All selected batonbearers will be given the opportunity to advise organisers in advance of any accessibility requirements or special needs to ensure they are able to participate in the Relay.

I want to nominate someone who might require assistance to carry the Baton or participate in the Relay. Will batonbearers with accessibility requirements be able to participate?

Yes. Batonbearers will be given the opportunity to advise organisers in advance of any accessibility requirements or special needs. We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Baton itself is designed with accessibility in mind. The shape provides multiple grip positions allowing the Baton to be carried with comfort regardless of hand size.

A specially designed harness allows ease of carry for people who may not be able to carry the Baton in their hand. There is also an adaptor to hold and secure the Baton on various modes of transport; for example, wheelchair, bicycle, boat.

Can I nominate more than one person as a Batonbearer?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate as a Batonbearer.

Is selection based on the number of nominations a person receives?

Nominations are judged on a merit basis, not on how many nominations a person receives. While a person can be nominated multiple times, a nominee can only accept one nomination and only one nomination per person will be put forward to the judging panel. All testimonies for a nominee will be captured and may be used for their profile in Queen’s Baton Relay communications should they be successful in becoming a Batonbearer.

Can I nominate someone more than once?

No. You can only nominate someone once.

Do I have to know the person I nominate?

Preferably the nominee should be someone you know from your local community in order for you to tell us in 100 words or less why they meet one or more of the nomination and selection criteria to become a Batonbearer. You will also be required to supply personal details such as their email address.

Can multiple members of the same family be nominated?

Yes. Anyone who meets one or more of the Batonbearer nomination and selection criteria can be nominated. All nominations will be assessed on merit, on an individual, case-by-case basis. Therefore, it is possible that more than one person from the same family can be selected as a Batonbearer.

Can I nominate myself to be a Batonbearer?

The Community Batonbearer Nomination Program is an opportunity to nominate and recognise your fellow community members for their contributions and achievements which means you cannot nominate yourself. If you believe you meet one or more of the Batonbearer nomination and selection criteria, you could always drop some hints to your friends to nominate you!

English is not my first language. Can I get help to submit my nomination?

If English is not your first language, we suggest you ask for assistance from a native English speaker to help you use the Batonbearer Nomination System, or use a free website translator service such as Google Translate to interpret our website. Your local library or community centre may also be able to assist you in submitting or accepting your nomination.

I want to nominate someone but the Baton does not visit their community. Can I still nominate them?

Yes. Nominations for batonbearers are open to anyone who meets the nomination and selection criteria, no matter where in Australia they live. We will endeavour to position all selected batonbearers in a celebration community as close as possible to their residential address.

Are there any costs involved to be a Batonbearer?

Selected batonbearers are responsible for any accommodation, food and transportation costs to and from the location where they have been selected to carry the Baton. The Australian Celebration Community locations the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit in Australia can be viewed on the Queen’s Baton Relay page. Batonbearers will be provided with a Batonbearer uniform which is theirs to keep following their participation.

Will the person I nominate know that I have nominated them?

Yes. If you are the first to nominate a person, your nominee will receive an email to inform and prompt them to accept their nomination.

If your nominee has been nominated by someone else and they have accepted, they will not receive communication about your nomination because they have already completed the acceptance process. However, all testimonies for a nominee will be captured and may be used for their profile in Queen’s Baton Relay communications. 

Will every nomination submitted be considered?

Provided a nominee confirms they accept the nomination and agrees to the Queen’s Baton Relay nomination terms and conditions, their nomination will progress to the judging stage.

Should a nominee decide not to accept their nomination, their application will not progress to the judging stage.

What is the deadline for nominations to be submitted?

The deadline for nominations to be submitted is 11:59pm AEST on Monday 15 May 2017.

How many people will be selected as batonbearers?

There will be approximately 3,800 batonbearers selected to participate in the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay throughout Australia. Batonbearers will come from a wide cross section of people selected from nominations received through programs including the Community Batonbearer Nomination Program, the Queensland Schools’ Batonbearer Nomination Program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Batonbearer Nomination Program, GC2018 Sponsor Family Program, high profile personalities and the Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) Batonbearer Nomination Program.

How will nominations be judged?

Nominations will be judged individually on a merit based system, with judges scoring each nomination based on the nomination and selection criteria.

Judging panels will be set up in each capital city in Australia where panels will convene to judge all nominations received for the celebration communities within their state or territory.

Will security background checks be undertaken during the selection process?

Yes. Nominees who pass the judging stage will be subject to security background checks before their Batonbearer position can be confirmed.

If I have been nominated, when will I find out if I have been successful?

Nominees who progress through the judging process will be emailed in July 2017 requesting more information so that security background checks can be undertaken. Only nominees who pass the judging process will be contacted. Once the results from security background checks are returned, successful batonbearers will be contacted and a public announcement made in late October 2017.

When will the names of selected batonbearers be announced?

Successful batonbearers will be announced to the public in late October 2017.

If my child/dependent is nominated how will I know that they will be looked after if they get selected as a Batonbearer?

Should a child or dependant be selected as a Batonbearer they will be accompanied at all times during their Relay participation by Queen’s Baton Relay personnel. Parent/guardian consent is required for all nominees under 18 years old to accept their nomination. Proof of consent and contact details of parent/guardian’s will be requested following the judging process.

Can I nominate using my mobile phone?

Completing the nomination form could take 5-15 minutes, depending on if you have written your nomination story in advance.

The nomination form has been optimised for Desktop and Tablet, therefore we recommend using a desktop computer or tablet to apply instead of a mobile device. If you wish to submit a nomination on a mobile, it is best to use your mobile in landscape mode.

What happens to the information I provide in my nomination?

The information being provided will be used by in accordance with GOLDOC's privacy policy. This means GOLDOC can contact you in relation to your nomination.

How do I know my nomination has been received?

If you have successfully submitted your nomination, you will receive an on screen message to advise your nomination has been submitted.

If your nominee accepts your nomination, you will receive an email.

System time out: I tried to submit my nomination but received an error and lost all my details. Why did this happen?

If you have had your nomination open for a long period of time, the system may have automatically ‘timed out’ – a feature most systems have. Our system times out after no activity has taken place for a specified period of time (2 hours). To avoid this happening to you, be sure you have all your nominee details ready (nominee name and email address at a minimum) and your nomination story pre-written so that you can complete your nomination within the time permitted.

I tried to submit my nomination story but the system says I included an ‘offensive word’ – I didn’t include any offensive words.

Our system includes a list of offensive words which can be a bit sensitive! Should your nomination story receive this error and you do not believe you wrote an offensive word, please call the Contact Centre on 1300 2018 00 for assistance.

I tried to submit a nomination but the system says I tried to nominate someone else (a person who shares the same email address). Why can’t two people be nominated using the same email address?

The Queen’s Baton Relay nomination system uses email addresses as the unique identifier which means that all nominees require their own email address. If more than one person is nominated using the same email address, only the first person nominated will be able to progress to the judging stage. If you want to nominate someone who only uses a shared email address, and another family member has already been nominated using this email address, your nominee will need to create their own unique email address for them to receive a nomination.

I have submitted/accepted my nomination but I want to add more details – can you add it for me?

Once a nomination has been submitted or accepted, it is not possible to add additional information to a nomination. When accepting their nomination, a nominee has the opportunity to add a clarification story (40 words) prior to accepting their nomination.