Flag Announcements

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Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bush Fires

To All Flag Marshals: Action Victoria Only (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bush Fires

Sunday 7 February 2016

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet has advised that flags in Victoria will be flown at half-mast on Sunday 7 February 2016 to honour the victims of the Victorian bush fires in February 2009.

As a mark of mourning and respect the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Sunday 7 February 2016 in Victoria only (optional elsewhere) 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.

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.

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

5 February 2016

Australia Day 2016

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

AUSTRALIA DAY – TUESDAY 26 JANUARY 2016

Day of National Celebration

Australia Day is a time to celebrate the nation and people we have become. We celebrate the history that has made us who we are; the country that we love and the values and institutions that underpin it.

To contribute to the national celebration and as a demonstration of national pride, and in accordance with flag protocol, all Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian National Flag all day on Tuesday 26 January 2016. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

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

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 January 2016

The Honourable James Carlton AO (1935 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 14 January 2016

State Memorial Service

The Honourable James Carlton AO (1935 – 2015)

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable James Carlton AO will be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 14 January 2016 in Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, Wilson Avenue (off Grattan Street), Parkville, Melbourne, VIC.

Mr Carlton was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Member for Mackellar in 1977 till his retirement in 1994 and served as the Minister for Health and the Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy from 1982 to 1983. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for service to the community, particularly through the Australian Red Cross in the areas of international humanitarian relief, international law, peace and disarmament, and to the Australian Parliament.

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 Thursday 14 January 2016 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.

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

8 January 2016

Remembrance Day

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. Australia is commemorating the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. Information about the Anzac Centenary is available at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015, Australian 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 8:00 am until precisely 10:30 am (local time) when it should be adjusted to the half-mast position.  At 11:02 am 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 11:00 am.

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 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.

Information on Remembrance Day ceremonies can be found at http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct.   

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

5 November 2015

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