Except when flown with royal or vice-regal flags, the Australian Flag
should always be given the Position of Honour in Australia. Within Australia,
the Australian Flag takes precedence over all other national flags and
house flags. When the Australian flag is flown with the flags of other
nations, each flag should be the same size and should fly from a separate
flagpole of the same height.
The Australian Flag may be displayed in a variety of ways:
A FLAGPOLE ON A ROPE
The first quarter should be placed uppermost and raised as closely as
possible to the top of the mast with the flagpole tight.
In a line of national and house flags, the Australian Flag should be flown
on the left of the observer facing the flags, that is, in the position
the observers left to right, the flags should be ranged in this order:
the Australian Flag, the flags of other nations (in alphabetical order
of country), house flags.
special circumstances, the flags of Commonwealth countries may take precedence
over other foreign flags; the Commonwealth flags should also be ranged
in alphabetical order.
Where there are two or more flagpoles parallel to the building line, the
Australian Flag should be the first flag on the left of an observer facing
the main entrance of the building.
there are two or more flagpoles on the forecourt of a building but an
angle to the main entrance, the Australian Flag should be flown on the
outermost pole when the flagpoles are situated to the left of the main
entrance and on the innermost pole when the flagpoles are to the right
of the main entrance.
A CIRCLE OF FLAGS
In a semi-circle of flags representing a number of nations, the Australian
Flag should be in the centre.
an enclosed circle of flags representing a number of nations, the Australian
Flag should be flown on the flagpole immediately opposite the main entrance
to the venue.
A FLAGPOLE WITH YARDARM AND GAFF
When displayed with the flag of another nation on a flagpole fitted with
a yardarm, the Australian Flag should be positioned on the left hand side
of the yardarm as viewed from the front. If the flagpole is fitted with
a gaff, the Australian Flag should be flown from the gaff and above any
If used on a staff, the first quarter of the Australian Flag should be
placed in the position nearest the top of the staff. When carried the
staff should be held straight up so that the flag may hang free. The Australian
Flag should always lead in a single file of flags.
two or more flags are carried side-by-side, the Australian Flag takes
the position of honour on the right hand end of the line facing the direction
Whenever crossed with the flag of another nation, the Australian Flag
should be on the left of the observer facing the flag. Its staff should
be in front of the staff of the other flag.
AGAINST A SURFACE
When displayed against a wall or flat surface or hung in a window, the
first quarter should be placed in the top left position as seen by the
A SPEAKERS PLATFORM
When displayed from a staff, on a speakers platform, the Australian Flag
should be placed on the right hand side of the speaker.