The Australian National Anthem is used at important public ceremonies, sporting and community events.

All Australians are encouraged to sing the Australian National Anthem as it invokes a feeling of national pride and spirit.

To assist with your event planning there are protocols for use of the Australian National Anthem.

Below are a few helpful tips:

  • The Commonwealth owns copyright in the words of the Australian National Anthem as proclaimed. It also holds copyright to particular arrangements of music of the Australian National Anthem, which are available for download from
  • As copyright owner, the Commonwealth makes the Australian National Anthem freely available for use within the community for non-commercial purposes.
  • While permission is not required to use, perform or record the Australian National Anthem for non-commercial purposes, there is a requirement to seek permission for commercial use of the anthem. The words and music are in the public domain.


The two authorised verses of the Australian National Anthem, as proclaimed in 1984, are:

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts;
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.


The following resources can be downloaded from:

  • The words of the Australian National Anthem
  • The music scores for orchestra, brass band, choir and piano for the Australian National Anthem
  • An audio file of The Australian National Anthem

An audio-visual performance on DVD and an audio CD of the anthem available.