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Slot game This page has guidance on when you should fly a national and/or state flag at half-mast and when you should fly certain other flags.

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

Flag notifications

Notifications are sent out for occasions including:

  • the passing of a significant Australian
  • a state funeral or memorial
  • days of national commemoration (such as ANZAC Day)
  • acknowledgement of an international day (such as United Nations Day)

When and how to fly Australian flags

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Latest flag notifications

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast
Saturday 19 December 2020

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd)

Australia mourns the passing of Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd), 24th Governor-General of Commonwealth of Australia (2003-08). He provided a lifetime of service to Australia as a senior officer of the Australian Defence Force, as Western Australia’s Governor and as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Prime Minister’s statement can be read .

Slot gameAs a mark of mourning and respect, and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Saturday 19 December 2020 from all Victorian Government buildings and establishments. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should also be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. 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 .

Slot gameNoting current restrictions across Victoria, organisations should only participate if flag marshals are already on site for other essential work.

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

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Slot gameReviewed 18 December 2020

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Flag notifications team, Protocol and Special Events Department of Premier and Cabinet

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