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This page has guidance on when you should fly a national and/or state flag at half-mast and when you should fly certain other flags.

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Flag notifications

Notifications are sent out for occasions including:

  • the passing of a significant Australian
  • a state funeral or memorial
  • days of national commemoration (such as ANZAC Day)
  • acknowledgement of an international day (such as United Nations Day)

When and how to fly Australian flags

For detailed information about flying and using Australian flags, see:

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Anniversary of the apology to members of the Stolen Generations

Thursday 13 February 2020

On 13 February 2008, the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations. To recognise the anniversary and in national recognition of Indigenous Australians, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag from all buildings and establishments occupied by Victorian Government departments and affiliated agencies all day on Thursday 13 February 2020.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station, the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.  But if two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags which can be found in the Australian Flags booklet.

Further information on the protocols for the Australian National Flag can be found at Australian National Flag protocols.

The financial and staffing implications arising from flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.   

Recipients of this message are requested to advise all agencies within their portfolio. 

Your assistance is appreciated. 

Reviewed 11 February 2020

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Flag notifications team, Protocol and Special Events Department of Premier and Cabinet

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