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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)

When and how to fly Australian flags

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

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Remembrance Day - Monday 11 November 2019

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

On Remembrance Day, Monday 11 November 2019, Victorian Government departments and agencies are asked to observe the protocol to fly the Australian National Flag at half-mast to remember the sacrifice of all those who have died for Australia. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

The Australian National Flag should be flown at the peak from approximately 8am until precisely 10:30am (local time) when it should be adjusted to the half-mast position. At 11:02am, the Australian National Flag should be moved back to the peak for the remainder of the day. This protocol allows for the traditional ceremonial duties to be carried out, including a minute of silence from 11am.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during this time. 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.

Reviewed 07 November 2019

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