Victorian Flag Notifications Network

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for notifying Victorian organisations when there is an occasion that involves our national flag and state flags.

Flag notifications relate to the half-masting of flags or an instruction to fly specific flags.

Flags and protocols

Find further information about flags and protocols in the Australian Flags booklet: part two.

If you have any queries regarding flag notifications, email flags.protocol@dpc.vic.gov.au

Join the notification network

Register by filling in the Flag Notification online application form.

When are notifications issued?

Notifications are issued for different occasions, including:

  • passing of a significant Australian
  • state funeral or memorial
  • days of national commemoration
  • acknowledgement of an international day

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations
Wednesday 13 February 2019

On 13 February 2008 the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations. To recognise the anniversary of the occasion and in national recognition of Indigenous Australians, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments all day on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags. Details can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet

Further information on the protocols for the Australian National Flag can be found at www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols

The financial and staffing implications arising from the flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Recipients of this message are requested to advise all agencies within their portfolio.

Your assistance is appreciated.

10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires
Monday 4 February 2019 and Thursday 7 February 2019

February 2019 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the worst disasters Victoria has experienced.

A State Commemoration will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria from 6pm on Monday 4 February 2019. The State Commemoration will remember the 173 people who lost their lives, the countless more impacted across the State and beyond, and acknowledge those who contributed to the response. For further information please visit www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires

In remembrance, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast from all buildings and establishments occupied by Victorian Government departments and affiliated agencies (all day) on:

  • Monday 4 February 2019 (State Commemoration)
  • Thursday 7 February 2019 (Anniversary of 2009 Victorian bushfires)

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 during daylight hours. However, should it be 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 can be found at www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols

The financial and staffing implications arising from the flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Recipients of this message are requested to advise all agencies within their portfolio.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Contact us

Strategic Communication Engagement and Protocol Branch
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Phone: 03 7017 5341


Last updated on Friday, 08 February 2019