To: All Flag Marshals; Action Australia-wide
United Nations Day is observed in Australia on 24 October each year, to commemorate the coming into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945.
All Australian Government departments and agencies are reminded that as part of an agreement made by the Australian Government as a member of the United Nations, the United Nations Flag is flown in the position of honour all day on United Nations Day, displacing the Australian National Flag for that day.
If a United Nations Flag is available, it should be flown all day on Friday 24 October 2008. If there is only one flagpole available, the United Nations Flag should be flown even if that flagpole is ordinarily reserved for flying the Australian National Flag. If two flagpoles are available, the United Nations Flag should be flown in the pre-eminent position for the day with the Australian National Flag on the second flagpole.
If a United Nations Flag is not available, normal arrangements for flying the Australian National Flag apply.
All flag marshals of Australian Government owned and leased buildings are encouraged to participate in the flag protocol for United Nations Day and to pass this advice to related portfolio agencies and authorities.
Commonwealth Flag Officer
17 October 2008