Did You Know?

The rules surrounding the flying and handling of National Flags are many and Pennant House Vexillologists are happy to advise free of charge.

Did you know that protocol insists your old, faded and worn flag should be disposed of by Private Cremation ? Pennant House provides this service free when you buy a new flag. 

Creatures, Flags, Protocol and Vexillology 

In terms of correct protocol when a flag design contains a creature ( not saluting a crest ) the animal should be hopping, running, swimming toward the flagpole ( known as the hoist ) and never toward the flapping end (known as the fly).

Flag Protocol Pertaining to ANZAC Day 

Anzac Day flag protocol: Flag to be flown at half-mast until noon, then at masthead until Sunset.

Remembrance Day (End of the First World War)

The 11th Hour, of the 11th. Day of the 11th. Month is Remembrance Day. In terms of flag protocol this one of the busiest days of the year so the procedure of the day goes as follows.

Flags should be flown at the mast head from 8am to 10.30am, then at half-mast from 10.30am until 11.03am; this is followed by the flag rising to peak at 11.03am for the remainder of the day.

Days to fly the National Flag

January first; at peak –Anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia.

January twenty six; Australia Day ( at peak )

February six ; ( at peak ) Anniversary of the accession of the sovereign

April twenty one; ( at peak ) Celebration of the birthday of the sovereign

April twenty five; Anzac Day ( see top of this page )

June Two; ( at peak ) Anniversary of the coronation of the sovereign

June ten; (at peak ) Birthday of the consort of the sovereign

June; ( at peak ) Official Birthday of the sovereign and Commonwealth Day ( The actual date of Queen’s Official Birthday proclaimed annually )

August four; ( at peak ) Queen Mother Birthday

October twenty four; United Nations Day ( full peak ) It is agreed by member nations that on this day if only one pole is available the UN Flag should be flown.

November eleven : Remembrance Day ( see instructions )

November fourteen; ( at peak ) Birthday of heir apparent.


On the death of a distinguished Australian, citizen flag should be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral . The same applies On the death of a foreign Chief of State.

On the death of our sovereign the flag should be half-mast from the announcement up to and on the day of the funeral.

The formal procedure for setting a flag at half-mast is to first hoist it to the peak before gently lowering it.

Never have two flags on a single pole unless fitted with a yard arm, never fly any flag above the Australian National Flag.

If you have two poles ( looking at your building ) the left hand pole becomes the priority pole. If you have three and the central pole is taller it becomes the priority pole, if they are all the same height the left hand pole become the priority pole.

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