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

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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

State Memorial Flag Notification

The Honourable Gordon Scholes AO (1931 - 2018)
Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Gordon Scholes AO will be held at 11.00am on Tuesday 18 December 2018 at Tuckers Chapel, Barrabool Hills Centre, 4-32 Province Boulevard, Highton, Victoria.

Mr Scholes was Federal Minister for Territories from 1984 to 1987, Minister for Defence from 1983 to 1984 and Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1976. He represented the Federal Seat of Corio in the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1993. Mr Scholes was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993 for service to the Australian Parliament.

As a mark of respect, and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Tuesday 18 December 2018 from all buildings and establishments occupied by Victorian 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 during daylight hours. 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 can be found at

The protocols for flying the Australian National Flag can be found in the Australian Flags booklet: part 2.

The financial and staffing implications arising from 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, 14 December 2018