Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

From: Commonwealth Flag Officer

To: All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide plus overseas posts
Sent: Tue 16/12/2014 7:57 AM


Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Australians awoke to the news this morning that the siege in Martin Place has ended.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages.

As a mark of respect and mourning for the innocent victims involved in the incident at Martin Place, Sydney, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Tuesday 16 December 2014. 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.

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

16 December 2014