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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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If you have any queries about flag notifications, email flags.protocol@dpc.vic.gov.au

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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State Memorial Service, The Honourable Robert James Lee Hawke AC, Friday 14 June 2019

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Robert James Lee Hawke AC, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at 11:30am on Friday 14 June 2019 at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales.

Mr Hawke was the Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1979 for service to trade unionism and industrial relations.

As a mark of mourning and respect, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast from all buildings and establishments occupied by Victorian Government departments and affiliated agencies (all day) on Friday 14 June 2019.

Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag can be found at: www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/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.

The Queen's Birthday, Monday 10 June 2019

In accordance with flag protocol, flying the Australian National Flag is encouraged on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday.

All State Government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian National Flag all day on Monday 10 June 2019. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

Further information on the protocols for flying the Australian National Flag can be found at www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag

The financial and staffing implications arising from the 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 June 2019

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