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NAIDOC Week - 5 to 12 July 2015

To:  All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and action at Australian overseas posts

NAIDOC Week - 5 to 12 July 2015

National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year during the first full week in July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.  This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 5 to 12 July inclusive, is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.’  Further information is at http://www.naidoc.org.au.

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July 2015 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.  If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag.  The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf).

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

30 June 2015

The Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC (1938 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 5 June 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral for the Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC will be held at 10am on Friday, 5 June 2015 at the Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, Victoria.

Mrs Kirner was the 42nd Premier of Victoria, serving from 1990-92. Elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Melbourne West 1982-88 and Member for Williamstown 1988-94, She was Deputy Premier of Victoria 1989-90, Minister for Women's Affairs 1990-92, Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands 1985-88, Minister for Education 1988-90, Minister for Ethnic Affairs 1990-91. Mrs Kirner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012 for eminent service to the Parliament of Victoria and to the community through conservation initiatives, contributions to gender equality, the development of education and training programs and the pursuit of civil rights and social inclusion.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 5 June 2015 in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other states and territories, and 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 the 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 is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

4 June 2015

The Queen’s Birthday

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide (Western Australia exempt) and action at Australian overseas posts

The Queen’s Birthday

8 June 2015

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

Flag marshals in all Australian Government departments, authorities and related portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on Monday, 8 June 2015, to celebrate The Queen’s Birthday.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.  Western Australia celebrates the birthday on a number of different dates and is exempt.

The financial and staffing implications arising from flag marshal duties for The Queen’s Birthday holiday are the responsibility of each organisation.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

2 June 2015

The Honourable Leslie Royston Johnson AM (1924 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the ACT and NSW only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 3 June 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Leslie Royston Johnson AM (1924 – 2015)

A State Funeral for the Honourable Leslie Johnson AM will be held at 11.00 am on Wednesday 3 June 2015 at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sutherland, New South Wales.

Mr Johnson held four ministerial posts between 1972 and 1975 and was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees in 1983. He was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in 1975, Minister for Housing and Construction from 1973 – 1975, Minister for Works in 1973 and Minister for Housing from 1972 – 1973. Mr Johnson represented the Federal Seat of Hughes in the House of Representatives from 1955 – 1966 and again from 1969 - 1983. Mr Johnson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 for service to the Australian Parliament, for public service and for service to the Aboriginal community.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Wednesday 3 June 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. 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 the 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 is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

1 June 2015

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2015

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and Action at Australian overseas posts

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2015

and

National Reconciliation Week, 27 May 2015 to 3 June 2015

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Indigenous Australians. Further information is at http://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-sorry-day.

National Reconciliation Week focuses on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Further information is at http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/what-is-nrw.

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Tuesday 26 May to Wednesday 3 June 2015 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.  If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag.  The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf).

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 May 2015

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015) - UPDATE

To All Flag Marshals:  Revised Notice for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM, for action in the ACT, NSW and VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 15 May 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM will be held at 2.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2015 at St John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria.

Further to our advice of 12 May 2015, it has been decided that New South Wales should take action for this half-masting due to Mr MacKellar’s association with New South Wales. He was the Federal Member for Warringah for 25 years.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 15 May 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

14 May 2015

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the ACT and VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 15 May 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM will be held at 2.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2015 at St John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria.

Mr MacKellar held five ministerial posts between 1975 and 1982. He was the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 1975 – 1979, the Minister for Health from 1979 – 1982 and the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment in 1981.Mr MacKellar was also the Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 1978 – 1979 and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 1979 – 1980. Mr MacKellar represented the Federal Seat of Warringah in the House of Representatives from 1969 – 1994. In 2011, Mr MacKellar was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, and to the community through contributions to a range of research and health organisations.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 15 May 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. 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 the 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 is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

12 May 2015

Anzac Day 2015

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and Australian Overseas Posts

Day of National Commemoration

Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April 2015

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly to the returned veterans of Australia. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. For further information on the Anzac Centenary please see http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Saturday 25 April 2015 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 buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. 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. However, should it be the 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.

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

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Should you wish to hold an Anzac Day ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 April 2015

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