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Australian National Flag Day

To All Flag Marshals:  Action Australia-wide

Day of National Celebration

Australian National Flag Day

3 September 2014

Wednesday 3 September 2014 is Australian National Flag Day.

Australian National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown over the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne in 1901, when Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton, announced the winners of a competition to design a national flag for Australia.

3 September is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the anniversary of the Australian National Flag by flying or displaying the Australian National Flag.

In accordance with flag protocol, Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on 3 September 2014 to join in the celebration of the Australian National Flag.  If facilities permit, you may wish to consider displaying multiple Australian National Flags on this day.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

3 September also marks Merchant Navy Day.  It is an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australia’s merchant mariners during wartime.  Organisations and individuals commemorating Merchant Navy Day may fly the Australian Red Ensign.  When the Australian Red Ensign is flown along with the Australian National Flag, the Australian National Flag should be flown in the position of honour.

Additional information on how to celebrate Australian National Flag Day and the protocols for flying the flag can be found on the website www.itsanhonour.gov.au

Commonwealth Flag Officer

27 August 2014

National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service for the victims of flight MH17

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

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

National Day of Mourning
and
National Memorial Service
for the victims of flight MH17

Thursday 7 August 2014

The Australian Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the innocent victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

As a mark of respect and mourning to those who lost their lives, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Thursday 7 August 2014 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.

A National Memorial Service is to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30 am on Thursday 7 August 2014.  For information about the service please email MemorialService@pmc.gov.au.

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

1 August 2014

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH-17

URGENT

 

To: All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide plus overseas posts

 

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH-17

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Saturday 19 July 2014

As a mark of respect and mourning for the many victims, including Australians, of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Saturday 19 July 2014. 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 weekend 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.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

18 July 2014

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in ACT and TAS (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Monday 21 July 2014

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC

A State Funeral Service for His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AC will be held at 1.00 pm on Monday 21 July 2014 at the Federation Concert Hall, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

His Excellency served as Tasmania’s 27th Governor since 2008 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2004, an office he held until he assumed the Office of Governor.  In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary, to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform, legal education and mentoring of young practitioners, and to the community as a leader in cultural and artistic organisations in Tasmania.  He was later appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to the judiciary, to legal scholarship and administration, to law reform in the areas of civil and criminal procedure, and to the community of Tasmania.

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 Monday 21 July 2014 in the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania 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

17 July 2014

NAIDOC Week 2014

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

NAIDOC Week - 6 to 13 July 2014

National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year as a way of promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture and celebrating the survival of Indigenous culture.  This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 6 to 13 July inclusive, is ‘Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.’  Further information is at http://www.naidoc.org.au.

Flying the Indigenous Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Sunday 6 July to Sunday 13 July 2014 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 2014

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in QLD only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 11 June 2014

State Funeral Service

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE

A State Funeral Service for Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Southport Church of Christ, corner Olsen Ave & Griffith Way, Southport, Queensland.

Sir Jack was an accomplished motor sportsman and former triple Formula 1 World Champion.  In June 1966, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Knight Bachelor in December 1978, both in recognition of his service to motor sport.  Sir Jack was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2008 for service to motor sport as an ambassador, mentor and promoter of safety, and to the community through support of charitable 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 Wednesday 11 June 2014 in Queensland 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

5 June 2014

The Queen’s Birthday 2014

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

The Queen’s Birthday

9 June 2014

In accordance with flag protocol, on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday, the flying of the Australian National Flag is particularly 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, 9 June 2014, 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 2014

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