Australian National Flag Day

Australian National Flag Day

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Monday, 03 September 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Image of schoolchildren holding the flag on top of Parliament House

Today, 3 September, is Australian National Flag Day.

In 1996 then Governor-General Sir William Deane, proclaimed "to commemorate the day in 1901 on which the Australian National Flag was first flown, September 3 in each year shall be celebrated as Australian National Flag Day".

On this day, Australians are encouraged to fly or display the flag, to hold flag raising ceremonies and to read about its history and the protocols surrounding it.

To build understanding about the flag we have a flag kit for individuals, communities and schools. It aims to promote an understanding of Australia's democratic heritage and traditions, and the shared values of freedom, tolerance, respect, responsibility and inclusion.

A review of the history of the flag reveals an interesting fact.

On 19 February 1942, the flag flying outside the residence of the Administrator of the Northern Territory was riddled with bullet holes during a Japanese air raid. It is the first flag to come under enemy attack on Australian soil. This historic flag is now on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial.

“Ultimately, our flag serves as a potent symbol of our nation. One nation, of many backgrounds, but ultimately united together by shared values and ideals and a respect for each other and the diversity that is the very essence of who we are.”

 – His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.