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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.

You can subscribe to be notified by email about these occasions.

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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Commonwealth Day, Monday 11 March 2019

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries on the second Monday in March. This year it falls on Monday 11 March 2019. The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international cooperation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. This year’s theme encourages collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment – particularly, with the adoption in 2018 of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, of the ocean which connects so many member countries. Find out more about Commonwealth Day 2019.

To contribute to the celebration, and in accordance with flag protocol, all state government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian national flag all day on Monday 11 March 2019. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

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

State Memorial, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE LLD (Hon), Friday 22 March 2019

On 24 February 2019, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE LLD (Hon) passed away.

A champion of aspiring dancers and choreographers, as well as a much loved teacher, Dame Margaret was central to the founding of The Australian Ballet in 1962 and The Australian Ballet School two years later.

A leading ballerina in her own right, Dame Margaret is widely credited with pioneering Australia’s classical dance traditions and leaves an enduring legacy.

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 Friday 22 March 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.

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

Reviewed 19 March 2019

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