Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

From: Commonwealth Flag Officer

To: All Flag Marshals; Action Australia-wide; Action at Australian Overseas Posts
Sent: Thu 3/11/2011 9:39 AM


Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

All Australian Government departments and agencies are asked to observe Remembrance Day to remember the sacrifice of all those who have died for Australia.

A specific flag protocol has been developed for Remembrance Day to allow for the traditional ceremonial duties to be carried out, including a minute of silence from 11:00 am.

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2011, the Australian National Flag should be flown at the peak from approximately 8:00 am until precisely 10:30 am (local time) when it should be adjusted to the half-mast position. At 11:02 am the Australian National Flag should be moved back to the peak for the remainder of the day.

This specific flag protocol applies to all flags and ensigns at each flag station. 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 Remembrance Day ceremonies can be found at

Information on flag protocol can be found at

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

3 November 2011