The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate and build community pride in our nation.

Helpful tips:

  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be raised no earlier than first light and lowered no later than dusk.
  • When the flag is raised or lowered, or when it is carried in a parade or review, everyone present should be silent and face the flag. People in uniform should salute.
  • The flag should always be flown freely and as close as possible to the top of the flagpole with the rope tightly secured.
  • Unless all flags are raised and lowered simultaneously, the Australian National Flag should be raised first and lowered last.
  • When the Australian National Flag is flown with flags of other nations, all flags should be the same size and flown on flagpoles of the same height
  • When flying with only one other national flag, the Australian National Flag should fly on the left of a person facing the flags.
  • Two flags should not be flown from the same flagpole.
  • The flag may be flown at night only when it is illuminated.
  • The flag should never be flown if it is damaged, faded or dilapidated. When the material of a flag deteriorates it should be destroyed privately and in a dignified way. i.e. it may be cut into small unrecognisable pieces then disposed of with the normal rubbish collection.

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Flag Raising Ceremony and Australian Citizenship Ceremony being held together

It is quite common to hold the Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony together or back to back. It is important to still treat them as separate events though. You still need to follow all the protocol from both events, see previous however there are some things you still need to consider;

  • You still need to play the national anthem at the end of the Citizenship ceremony even if you have already played it as part of the Flag Raising ceremony.
  • The flag you have raised should remain raised until the end of the Citizenship ceremony.

If you are holding a welcome or acknowledgement of country this would normally go at the start of the Citizenship Ceremony, so the end of the Flag Raising ceremony.