Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

From: Commonwealth Flag Officer

To: All Flag Marshals; Action Australia-wide and Action at Australian overseas posts
Sent: Thu 17/05/2012 10:49 AM

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2012


National Reconciliation Week, 27 May 2012 to 3 June 2012

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Indigenous Australians. Further information is at

National Reconciliation Week is focusing this year on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information is at

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians. From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June 2012 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments. Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet:

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

17 May 2012