Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

From: Commonwealth Flag Officer

To: All Flag Marshals; Action Australia Wide and Australian Overseas Posts
Sent: Tue 17/04/2012 2:22 PM

Day of National Commemoration

ANZAC Day, Wednesday 25 April 2012

ANZAC Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly to the returned veterans of Australia.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Wednesday 25 April 2012 from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day. This advice applies to buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast. 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.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at

Should you wish to hold an ANZAC Day ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

17 April 2012