ANZAC Day March – Sydney CBD

  • 9am to 1pm
  • Elizabeth Street (from Martin Place to Liverpool Street)

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance. It is an opportunity for veterans, current service men and women and the general public to pay their respects to those who have served our country.

The march will commence at 9am on Elizabeth Street at Martin Place. Participants will march south along Elizabeth Street. They will observe the Act of Remembrance on the command “eyes left” as marchers pass the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, then wheel left into Liverpool Street for dispersal.

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Information on the ANZAC Day March
Start Time

The March commences at 9am, with the start point for the march being the intersection of Elizabeth Street at Martin Place. The participants are to pass the start line in the order shown in the Order of March sheet. The Order of the March cannot and must not be changed without the approval of ANZAC House.

Eligibility to March

There are three ways by which an individual can participate in the march:

  • (i) as an Australian veteran,
  • (ii) as the descendant of an Australian veteran,
  • (iii) as a veteran or descendant of a Commonwealth or Allied force.

As an Australian Veteran

Veteran eligibility to march is based on anyone who has served in the Australian Defence Force. Veterans should assemble with one of the service units of which they were/are a member. The choice of where to march is a personal one however, it is recommended that those who served together should march together as an act of remembrance and mateship.

 

As the Descendant of an Australian Veteran

A descendant of a veteran can march with veterans as a carer (one per veteran marching), banner party or flag carrier, regardless of whether they have served in the ADF or not.  All other descendants must march with the descendants associations as outlined in the Order of March. One descendant of a deceased veteran may honour their relative’s service in the March and may wear his/her medals on their right breast.

Read the ANZAC Day guidelines for descendants.

 

As a Veteran or Descendant of a Commonwealth or Allied Force

Veterans should be clearly identifiable by their campaign medals and should be at the head of each national group. No medals or awards earned whilst a nation was in conflict with Australia or the Commonwealth shall be worn in the March.

Dress should reflect the occasion i.e. traditional/national costume or dress (including headdress) is not appropriate.

Displays of foreign national flags are restricted to one per group. No flag of a nation that was used when that nation was in conflict with the Commonwealth or Australia is permitted to be displayed. Display of historical flags or ensigns of countries that no longer exist is inappropriate.

Banners are restricted to one per group and are not to contain any political slogans.

The display of photos or other memorabilia is not permitted.

Descendants are to march behind veterans in these contingents and are to be no more than 30 per group including banner party and flag bearers.

Read the ANZAC Day guidelines for allies.

Form Up Locations

Please refer to the march map or Order of March for form up locations of your contingent.

Participants please note, the form up area is NOT where you will be stepping off from for the march. As the march commences the contingents will move around to the start line which is on Elizabeth Street at Martin Place.

Anyone needing assistance to get to the march start point can use the golf cart shuttle service which will be located in Hunter Street west of Pitt street. Elderly veterans who cannot walk up the hill at Hunter Street can also choose to meet their unit at the march start point on Elizabeth Street and be inserted into the march before they step off at the intersection of Hunter and Elizabeth Streets.

Associations & Units

Veterans should assemble with one of the units of which they were/are a member (see march map or Order of March).

The choice of where to march is a personal one, however it is recommended that those who served together should march together as an Act of Remembrance and mateship.

Formations of more than 8 should march as close to 8 abreast as practicable.

Units should form up as follows:

  1. leader
  2. banner party
  3. veterans (far enough behind the banner for the TV broadcast to capture on camera); and
  4. carers

The march is up to four hours long and aged or infirm veterans who feel they may not cover the whole distance on foot are encouraged to position themselves at the side of their formation. This allows the veteran to fall out independently and proceed to an exit point.

To register, associations and units must complete an application form online by 8 April 2020.

The background information on the application form will be sent to ABC TV for the broadcast by RSL NSW.

To avoid a choke point at the end of the march we ask all participants to follow the direction of the marshals in the dispersal point. This includes turning left up Liverpool Street or continuing down Elizabeth Street at the discretion of the marshals. Bands wheel right into Liverpool Street and use Castlereagh Street to return to the start line if completing another circuit.

While RSL NSW recognises that a number of bands have affiliations with units, it is not always possible to allocate the band due to a number of factors, including the number of veterans marching within that association.

It is important for the integrity of the march and the veterans that everyone adhere to the published band Order of March. If this is ignored it creates an added layer of issues on the day for the veterans, chief marshals, band marshals, other bands, RSL NSW and ABC TV.

It would greatly assist the marshals and veterans if banner parties could be in the form up location with banners unfurled. Please see the Order of March for more information.

RSL NSW does NOT keep or arrange to have made any banners or flags for veterans to march behind.

Reunions

If your association or unit has a reunion after the march on ANZAC Day, please let RSL NSW know. These details will be published online for 2020.

Please add the time and location of your reunion when completing the association and unit application form.

Bands

Bands need to submit their application form by no later than 20 March 2020 in conjunction with their vehicle permit. Forms are to be submitted online in 2020.

The background information on the application form will be sent to ABC TV for the broadcast by RSL NSW.

Please ensure you have read the new band guidelines for 2020 before submitting your application form.

No band vehicle will gain access to the assembly area without a vehicle permit. Vehicles will not be allowed near the start line area after 8am.

The marshals request that Associations and Units leave the bands who are marching in front of the contingents to the band marshal to insert where required via the Band Chute. The band marshal has a list of all the bands participating, who they march ahead of and how many times they wish to go around the circuit.

While RSL NSW recognises that a number of bands have affiliations with units and it is not always possible to allocate the band due to a number of factors, including the number of veterans marching within that association.

It is important for the integrity of the march and the veterans that everyone adhere to the published band Order of March. If this is ignored it creates an added layer of issues on the day for the veterans, chief marshals, band marshals, other bands, RSL NSW and ABC TV. For those who are to report to the band chute, please note the new location is the western side of Elizabeth Street at Martin Place (see map). There is no access to Martin Place at Elizabeth Street due to Metro works. The chute is designed to allows bands to enter the march in an orderly and as needed fashion under direction from the band marshal at the start line.

If you are requested to report to the form up area with a specific unit, please be aware that the roads will be congested, and you may need to stand to the side until contingents begin to progress towards the start line of the march.

Band frontage should be a maximum of eight (8) members abreast. The interval, front and rear, between bands and units should not exceed eight (8) metres or twenty (20) marching paces at all times during the March – including during stoppages (bearing in mind that some units will march slower than others). This is to prevent large gaps in the march.

Marching beat is 120 beats per minute.

Bands can play in the assembly areas. Bands should not play any music once they have crossed the intersection of Bathurst and Elizabeth Streets as directed by a march marshal. Bands are asked to keep the beat as the Act of Remembrance is observed adjacent to the Anzac Memorial. Bands need to wheel and not form when turning at street intersections.

All bands will wheel right into Liverpool Street at the end of the march. If a band is continuing onto its next circuit of the march, they should wheel right into Liverpool Street, right again into Castlereagh Street and proceed north to the band chute on Elizabeth Street at Martin Place (please note Martin Place will be closed between Castlereagh Street & Elizabeth Street). Once a band has finished its commitment to the march it should be dismissed following the direction of the dispersal point marshals.

Descendants

Descendants of veterans are invited to march under the following criteria:

  • A descendant of a veteran can march with veterans as a carer pushing a wheelchair or the like (one per veteran marching).
  • Descendants may also make up the banner party or flag carrier within the veteran units.
  • All other descendants are to march with the descendant section (contingent no. 53)
  • Only one descendant representing a veteran is permitted to march in any section of the march.
  • Unit /associations that do not have any veterans will be directed to the descendant section.
  • Descendants wear medals on the right breast (one veteran only).
  • As the ANZAC Day march is an Act of Remembrance and Commemoration, dress should reflect the dignity of the occasion. Business attire is appropriate.
  • Only children over 11 years of age.
  • The Sydney ANZAC Day march is not a parade and therefore no vehicle, animal, weaponry, photographs or memorabilia (including historical uniforms) may be included without prior approval by ANZAC House.
  • RSL NSW does not keep, or arrange to have made, any military banners or flags for veterans or descendants to march behind.

Should you wish to march with the Australian World War One descendants:

For those World War Two and post World War Two descendants wishing to march, please contact Leonie Harkin on 0438 681 002 or willandleonie@bigpond.com.

Banners

It would greatly assist the marshals and veterans if banner parties could be in the form up location with banners unfurled.

RSL NSW does NOT keep or arrange to have made any banners or flags for veterans to match behind.

Marshals

All participants and bands are asked to cooperate with the march marshals, SES, NSW Police, and NSW Fire & Rescue in the assembly area, along the march route and within the dispersal area.

The Chief Marshal is in charge of the Order of March and his directions are to be followed at all times. The Chief Marshal will station himself at the start line and units will only proceed at his direction.

Only those marshals who have registered in advanced and checked in on the day to be identified will be eligible to be a marshal at the ANZAC Day march. Official registered marshals will be identified with an ANZAC Day marshal lanyard for 2020 and yellow vest, this is in addition to SES, NSW Police, NSW Fire & Rescue, and RSL NSW Staff.

To register as a marshal please register online.

Act of Remembrance

The Act of Remembrance will be observed as units pass the Anzac Memorial on Elizabeth Street. A marshal will be positioned in the correct area in order to assist unit leaders with giving the eyes left command.

At this command, veterans in civilian dress are to remove their hats, place their right hand over service medals and keep in that position until the unit leader gives “eyes front”.

Heads are to be turned towards the Memorial when passing it, banners and flags are to be dipped. Defence Force formations are to salute the Memorial as they pass it.

Dress and Wearing of Medals

As the ANZAC Day march is an Act of Remembrance and Commemoration, dress should reflect the dignity of the occasion. Business attire is appropriate.

Veterans and serving personnel wear their decorations on the left chest. Many people choose to remember deceased relatives by wearing their medals. You are welcome and encouraged to wear your relative’s medals to ANZAC Day, however, please wear these on the right hand side of your chest.

See honours and awards here: https://www.defence.gov.au/medals/

Road Closures

Over the last few years there has been an increase in road closures on the day, which includes the use of semi-trailers, cement barricades and the like. These are all security measures put in place to ensure the safety of all participants in the March.

RSL NSW strongly encourages everyone to visit livetraffic.com to plan their trip in to the CBD on ANZAC Day. This site will highlight the road closures and special event clearways in place.

Sydney CBD roads will start to close from 2am

More CBD roads will close between 6am

All roads reopen at 4pm

Temporary bus terminals and diversions will be in place between 3am and 4pm due to road closures.

Temporary taxi rank will be located on Wentworth Avenue near Wemyss Lane (identified on march map).

Accessibility drop off and pick zones within the CBD can be found at:

  • Macquarie Street at Martin Place (western side, outside St Stephen’s Church)
  • Pitt Street approaching Market Street (eastern side, outside Piccadilly Shopping Centre)
  • Barrack Street at York Street (eastern side of York Street)
March Vehicles

Veterans who are unable to march, but can make their way into the city, should make use of vehicle service provided for the march. This year landrovers will be made available for any veteran who is unable to march the whole route. Please contact ANZAC House to book your seat in a landrover, advising the following;

  • Name and contact number
  • Name of carer if applicable
  • Contingent and unit marching with
  • Booking by email events@rslnsw.org.au or phone 1300 679 775
Taxis for Blinded or Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women

The march organisers appreciate the offers made by RSL, Legion, Combined, Manly-Warringah and Premier Taxis to place vehicles and drivers at its disposal for the transport of blinded and disabled ex-servicemen and women to and from the March.

Transport can be arranged by contacting the NSW Taxi Council direct by phone on (02) 8339 4644.

It is requested that applications for taxis be made no later than 9 April 2020. Due to the current security environment it is critical you make contact within the above timeframe.

The following information should be included in the request:

  • Name and address
  • Contact phone number, and
  • Whether the veteran wishes to be:
    • PICKED UP at home, ride around the March route and return home;
  • PICKED UP at home, ride around the March route and attend the Commemoration Service (taxi will not wait); or
  • PICKED UP at home, ride around the March route and be dropped off at a reunion (taxi will not wait).
  • Whether an assistant/carer will be travelling with the member (those members requiring help)
  • Whether equipment such as a wheelchair, gas bottle etc. will be with the member.

Veterans should wear medals or have in their possession service documents to prove that they qualify for the above service.

Participants will be informed by the taxi company prior to ANZAC Day of the time he/she is to be collected.

Only incapacitated participants or those unable to negotiate the march route on foot should apply for this assistance. Participants should not use the taxi service as a way of getting free travel to the city to march.

Veteran Seating - Accessible Viewing

Veterans who cannot participate in the march however would still like to watch in person are able to reserve a seat alongside the route to watch (corner St James Road and Elizabeth Street, eastern side). Seating for veterans will now be under the marquee provided by Legacy.

Reserved seating is available for a veteran and one carer if required. Bookings are required. Please contact ANZAC House on 1300 679 775 or support@rslnsw.org.au to book your seat. There are only 50 seats available.

Accessibility seating along the march route (western side of Elizabeth St, outside Sheraton on the Park) is also available through Department of Premier and Cabinet. To book your seat please email accessibility@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9228 4613.

General Information for Participants

The march starts promptly at 9am, with the only person who can be guaranteed an accurate step off being Her Excellency The Governor of NSW.

Toilets are located throughout the form up area, with accessible access toilets also available.

RSL NSW does not provide any wheelchairs for veterans on the day. Wheelchairs are permitted within the march however arrangements are to be made by the individual.

St John Ambulance and NSW Ambulance Service will be on hand to provide first aid. They will be positioned along the march route, as well as in the form up and dispersal areas. Marshals (including SES) can locate a first aid officer on the day should you not be able to find one.

As the ANZAC Day march is an Act of Remembrance and Commemoration, dress should reflect the dignity of the occasion. Business attire is appropriate.

Only children over 11 years of age.

Medals authorised to be worn are worn on the left breast. Commemorative medals may be worn on the right breast. Insignia or orders etc. should be worn as prescribed. Descendants wear medals on the right breast.

The Sydney ANZAC Day march is not a parade and therefore no vehicle, animal, weaponry, photographs or memorabilia (including historical uniforms) may be included without the prior approval of the march organisers.

The march will be televised on ABC TV and will be available on iView after the event.

Public Information

Large crowds are expected. Please use public transport.

More than 15,000 march participants and thousands of observers are expected. Road closures and clearways will also be in place from early morning until 4pm, so it’s best to leave the car at home and catch public transport.

There will be additional train and bus services, participants and observers are reminded that the best access to Hyde Park is via St James, Town Hall and Museum stations. We encourage march participants to use Wynyard station.

Travel on public transport to and from ANZAC Day events is free for current and ex-Australian Defence Force personnel in uniform, wearing their medals or who have proof of service. Veterans’ families, carers, widows and widowers also travel free.

Those travelling via bus should be prepared that services will use alternate routes and stops while road closures are in place.

Please head to transportnsw.info to plan your trip on public transport.

Detailed information and maps of the road closures can be found at www.livetraffic.com

Accessibility drop off and pick up areas can be located at:

  • Macquarie Street at Martin Place (western side, outside St Stephen’s Church)
  • Pitt Street approaching Market Street (eastern side, outside Piccadilly Shopping Centre)
  • Barrack Street at York Street (eastern side of York Street)

The public pedestrian crossing along the march route (along Elizabeth Street between Martin Place and Liverpool Street) is at Park Street.

Other cross over options are via underground walkways on Bathurst Street at Elizabeth Street or Museum Station across to Goulburn Street/Elizabeth Street and to Castlereagh Street.

For more information on the ANZAC Day march please contact RSL NSW at ANZAC House: