The application process to audition for the volunteer performing cast for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ceremonies is now open.
Applications close midnight Sunday 3 September 2017.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be two of the biggest celebrations the Gold Coast and Queensland have ever seen.
This is an opportunity for everyone. If you are a skilled dancer, seasoned performer or even if you have no previous experience at all, please apply. Passion, commitment and enthusiasm is all you need to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Volunteering takes a special kind of person. Just like the athletes who will be competing in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, you will be willing to work hard in order to achieve extraordinary things.
A passion for the opportunity and for the chance to make the Gold Coast proud.
Rehearsals begin in mid-January 2018. You will need to commit to a minimum of two rehearsals per week (One evening and one weekend day) building up to three-four rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the Opening Ceremony.
This is an opportunity for everyone. If you are a skilled dancer, seasoned performer or even if you have no previous experience at all, please apply.
To get a full understanding of what will be required to join the Ceremonies volunteer cast please review the terms of the Volunteer Performers Commitment and the FAQs, before applying.
Auditions will commence in October and will be a lot of fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
Opening and Closing Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer Applications
Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about applying for a Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer role in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will require a cast of up to 4,000 volunteer performers. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to contribute their passion, talent, energy and positive spirit to the Ceremonies.
Volunteering to join the Ceremonies cast will be a hugely rewarding experience. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an event which will showcase and celebrate the Gold Coast and Queensland to a global audience. This is your chance to be part of one of the highest profile and most exciting moments in the history of the state. In the process you’ll gain some valuable skills and make new, and often lifelong, friends. It’s an experience that you are bound to remember for the rest of your life.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 3 September 2017 at midnight (AEST). We encourage you to submit your application in advance of the closing date to ensure you have completed all the steps before the deadline. If you have not fully submitted your application by the deadline, unfortunately your application cannot be considered.
Previous experience and specific skills are not required. We are simply looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals. We will teach you everything you need to do.
That said, if you do have any previous performance experience or specific skills you think we should know about, you can tell us about them in your application.
The Opening Ceremony will take place on 4 April 2018 at Carrara Stadium. The Closing Ceremony will take place on 15 April 2018 at Carrara Stadium.
Both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be performed at Carrara Stadium to a live audience of 35,000, as well as being broadcast on televisions across the world to over a billion people.
We are seeking applications from individuals who will be aged 16 years or over on 3 September 2017. Before you apply please read the Volunteers Performers Commitment. The application deadline is Sunday 3 September 2017 at midnight (AEST).
Yes, there will be performing opportunities for people under the age of 16. However, we will not be holding public open auditions to fill these roles. Instead, the Ceremonies team is working closely with local and national groups and organisations to source its under-16 cast. This is because there are specific legal and logistical requirements for working with children.
If you are currently 15 years old, but will be turning 16 years old between now and 3 September 2017, you can apply for a role as a Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer. If you are invited to audition you will need to verify your age by producing your identification.
If your application has been selected, you will be notified via email and invited to an audition.
The details of your audition time slot will be included in your invitation email. Please do not attend any other audition time slot other than the one you have been allocated. If you miss your audition time slot your application will no longer be considered.
We would love to be able to audition everyone who applies, however, we may not be able to invite everyone to auditions if we receive too many applications. If this happens, once people have applied a ballot process will take place to shortlist applicants, who will then be invited to take part in an audition process in October.\
If you are invited to an audition this does not guarantee a place in the Ceremonies.
The auditions for Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performers will take place across October and November 2017 within the Gold Coast. If you are selected to attend an audition you will be emailed the location details along with your audition date and time slot.
The auditions are a closed call, which means attendance is by invitation only.
The audition is a fun experience. You will be with us for up to three hours, not including travel time. Here is what you can expect:
- On arrival you will be checked in to your time slot
- Your identification document for accreditation and security purposes will be checked
- Photographs will be taken for Games Time Accreditation and casting purposes
- Your body measurements will be taken to help us plan for costume requirements
- • You will then take part in a unique audition session – don’t worry, it’s all very relaxed and great fun
You should wear comfortable, non-branded, loose fitting clothes and trainer-type footwear. Please limit the amount of personal belongings you bring with you as we cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage.
The purpose of accreditation is to identify and register all persons involved in the staging of the Games. Accreditation ensures that only qualified and eligible people are able to participate in and perform official functions at the Games.
As part of your application you will need to submit details of your online identification document. If you are invited for an audition, you will be asked to bring one of the following documents for accreditation purposes. This should be the same documentation as submitted in your online application.
Acceptable forms of identification are dependent on the nationality of the applicant as outlined below:
- Option A - Australian and New Zealand citizens - one of the following:
- Driver license (includes learner’s permits & marine licenses) issued by an Australian State or Territory Government
- Proof of Age Card - issued by an Australian State or Territory Government
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Where no passport is available and you are under 18 - Birth Certificate & supporting documentation*. Please see supporting documentation list below.
- Option B - All other nationalities - one of the following:
- Passport - Please ensure your application is made using the documentation with which you entered the country and hold a visa that allows you to work in Australia
- ImmiCard* or document to travel to Australia* - Where a passport cannot be provided, this is accepted with the following supporting documentation.
* Supporting Documentation
If you are supplying Birth Certificate, ImmiCard or other travel document you will also be required to bring two pieces of additional supporting documentation, one from each group outlined below.
- Medicare Card
- Centrelink Card
- Department of Veterans Affair Card
- Change of Name Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Utility bill
- Property rates noti
- Lease agreement
- Home insurance papers
- Bank or credit card statements
- For students: Letter or reference from school or university (including appropriate letter head)
All applicants will be subject to a background security check. Background security checks are required for the safety and security of the Games.
If you have been invited to audition, you will receive the date and time of your audition in your invitation email. Unfortunately, due to high demand, the date and time of your audition cannot be rescheduled.
Following auditions, if you have been selected to be a Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer, you will need to commit to attending rehearsals for the period of time that is required.
Rehearsals for the Ceremonies will commence in late January 2018. Tentative rehearsal schedules will accompany your offer in late November. Depending on your assigned role, you may be required to attend:
- One or more costume fittings
- Up to two rehearsals per week from late January through February 2018
- Up to four rehearsals per week from mid-March 2018
- Dress rehearsals on 31 March and 2 April 2018
Rehearsals may be scheduled for any time between the following hours:
- Monday to Friday 5pm – 10pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 8am – 10pm
Yes, you can. When deciding if you would like to apply and take part, please consider the time commitment required for the role and remember that all auditions, rehearsals and the Ceremonies themselves will take place in the Gold Coast area. Please also consider your transport requirements and associated costs, as we cannot cover these.
If you have accepted a role as a volunteer for the Games, you will not be able to apply as a Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer. However, we can accept applications from volunteers who have applied but have not been offered a role.
The Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer role is not part of the volunteer programme and therefore has different requirements and commitments.
If your application has been selected and you have been invited to audition, we will provide you with the details of the audition venue along with suggested transport links. Please note that we will not be able to provide expenses for your travel to and from auditions.
If you have been offered a Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performer role you will be required to attend rehearsals. Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performers will be responsible for getting to and from the rehearsal sites at all times.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodation to Ceremonies Volunteer Cast Performers at any stage during auditions, rehearsals or performances.
Yes, you can.
The auditions will be an inclusive program and provisions will be made to ensure people with accessibility, mobility and /or medical requirements are given every opportunity.
We want to make sure that any applicant with specific personal requirements or a disability is provided with the necessary support at every stage of the Ceremonies experience – including the audition process. The information you supply in the application simply helps our operational planning and has no bearing on our selection process.
If you have other enquiries, please contact our Ceremonies team directly.