Australia's Health and Sports Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly claimed the budget will be positive for sport ©Getty Images

Gold Coast 2018 could be handed a boost tomorrow with reports claiming next year's Commonwealth Games are in line for more financial backing.

Greg Hunt, who became Australia's Health and Sports Minister in January, has claimed the latest Australian Federation Government budget will provide a boost to sport.

"It will be a positive sports budget with additional support for the Commonwealth Games through the Australia Sports Commission (ASC), as well as other logistic support for the Commonwealth Games and broader sports initiatives," he told The Australian.

The Federal Government has faced criticism over their current level of support for the Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Gold Coast from April 4 to 15 next year.

Queensland's Labor Senator Murray Watt hit out at the Liberal Government in the build-up to the budget, claiming they had not done enough.

He claimed anti-doping testing and security could be compromised by a lack of funding, suggesting that the Government had provided less support for Gold Coast 2018 than the last time Australia staged the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

It is claimed the Government has committed AUS$251 million (£143 million/$186 million/€170 million) to support Gold Coast 2018, compared to AUS$293 million (£167 million/$216 million/€198 million) for Melbourne 2006.

"No-one wants to see the integrity and the safety of the Commonwealth Games compromised by penny-pinching politicians," Watt told the Herald Sun.

Gold Coast 2018 are urging nominations to be made for Batonbearer positions prior to the deadline next week ©Getty Images
Gold Coast 2018 are urging nominations to be made for Batonbearer positions prior to the deadline next week ©Getty Images

The talk on the budget comes with Gold Coast 2018 organisers urging Australians to nominate community members to carry the Queen's Baton.

Nominations are set to close at midnight on May 16, with Gold Coast 2018 hoping to find those who have "achieved or inspired others to accomplish something extraordinary", as well as those who have made a "significant contribution in their community".

Those who have excelled or aspired for success athletically and people who contribute to a friendly community are also being sought.

"The Queen's Baton Relay is taking Gold Coast 2018 to towns a long way from the Gold Coast," said Peter Beattie, Gold Coast 2018 chairman.

"This is everyone's chance to be a part of the Games, whether you're in Alice Springs, Gunnedah in New South Wales, or Cardwell in Queensland.

"Batonbearers are needed in communities all around Australia, large, small, urban and regional, giving everyone the opportunity to share the dream.

"Being a Gold Coast 2018 Batonbearer is a unique opportunity to cherish for years to come, and with just one week left to go before nominations close, I am urging all Australians to nominate someone today."

Batonbearers must be nominated by someone else and nominees must accept their nominations to be considered for the role.

Nominees must also be at least 10 years old by December 25, 2017.

"The countdown for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is well and truly on," said Kate Jones, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games.

"With one year to go celebrations last month, ticket requests now open and nominations for community batonbearers in its final week, things are ramping up.

"The Queen's Baton Relay gives communities across Australia the opportunity to share in the excitement of the Games."

The Baton is currently visiting Commonwealth nations in the build-up to next year's Games, but it will spend the final 100 days travelling across Australia before the Opening Ceremony.