Flag Protocols

ACT public schools are provided with a flag pole to ensure the Australian Flag can be flown. A number of schools have installed additional flag poles allowing for additional flags to be flown. There are specific protocols to guide the correct placement of the Australian Flag. Where more than one flag is flown schools need to be aware of the specific protocols including the order of precedence of flags.

The Australian national flag, the Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag can be obtained free of charge from the electorate offices of a Federal Member of Parliament or Senator. More information is available from: https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols.

Flags should be flown during normal business hours on all working days. They should be lowered no later than sunset, unless lit throughout the night. Two flags should not be flown on the same flagpole.

Flag Protocols for the Australian Flag, Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Islander Flag, and flags of other nations.

As a general rule the ACT Government adheres to Commonwealth policies and protocols in relation to all flag related matters.

Order of Precedence:

Flag Protocols for the Australian Flag, Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Islander Flag, and flags of other nations.

When flying the Australian National Flag with other flags (such as the ACT flag) in a line of flagpoles, the order of the flags should follow the rules of precedence. The Australian National Flag should always be flown on the far left of a person facing the building.

The Australian National Flag takes precedence in Australia over all other flags when it is flown in company with other flags. The order of precedence of flags is:

  1. Australian Flag
  2. National Flag of other nations
  3. ACT Flag
  4. Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag in either order.

ACT Flag Guidelines pdf icon (320 kb)
Australian Flags Protocol Excerpt pdf icon (928 kb)

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