Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

From: Commonwealth Flag Officer

To: All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts
Sent: Mon 29/10/2012 10:51 AM


Sunday 11 November 2012

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

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2012, Australian Government departments and agencies are asked to observe the protocol to fly the Australian National Flag at half-mast to remember the sacrifice of all those who have died for Australia. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

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 protocol allows for the traditional ceremonial duties to be carried out, including a minute of silence from 11:00 am.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during this time. 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 weekend flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each agency.

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

29 October 2012