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The Australian Flag and flag flying

The Australian Flag and flag flying

On Australia Day, people all over the country will fly the Australian National Flag, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags.

As the nation's foremost symbol, the Australian National Flag should be used with respect and dignity.


The below protocols are to assist you when flying or using the flag.

  • It is best practice to display the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag together.
  • The correct order for displaying them is: Australian, Aboriginal and then Torres Strait Islander from left to right when looking at the stage. If you are also displaying your State or Territory flag, the order would be Australian, your State or Territory, Aboriginal and then Torres Strait Islander from left to right again.
  • The flags should not be flown upside down, below are pictures of the correct way.
  • All flags must be the same size.
  • If flying all state flags the order is as follows:
    • Australian
    • NSW
    • VIC
    • QLD
    • WA
    • SA
    • TAS
    • ACT
    • NT
    • Aboriginal
    • Torres Strait Islander
    • If you have access to another Australian Flag it would go at the end as well as the start.


More information is available at the It's An Honour website.

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