Flag notifications

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:

Latest flag notification

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said (1940 – 2020)

Tuesday 14 January 2020

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, Sultan of Oman, died on 10 January 2020.

In remembrance, 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 Tuesday 14 January 2020. 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

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 13 January 2020

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

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