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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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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)

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ANZAC Day - 25 April 2019

ANZAC Day is a day of special significance for all Australians, particularly our servicemen and women, and veterans.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Thursday 25 April 2019 from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day. This advice applies to all Victorian Government buildings and establishments.

Local government agencies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

Information on the protocols for flying the Australian National Flag can be found at:

Should you wish to hold an ANZAC Day ceremony, the Department of Premier and Cabinet provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony:

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 18 April 2019

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