Flag etiquette

Flying and displaying the Australian flag

Flags should be flown from sunrise to sunset. 

Flags should be displayed only in a manner befitting the organisation (or national emblem if it's the Australian flag). 

Flags should always be flown aloft and free and should not be allowed to fall or lie upon the ground. 

The Australian National Flag should not be used:

  • as a covering of a statue, monument or plaque for an unveiling ceremony (a plain cover should be used)
  • as a table or seat cover
  • as a masking for boxes, barriers or intervening space between floor and ground level on a dias or platform. 

When displaying the Australian flag against a surface, whether horizontally or vertically, the top left quarter of the Australian Flag should be placed uppermost on the observer's left, as viewed from the front of the flag.


Folding the Australian flag

1. Start with the flag flat with the Union Jack in the bottom left hand corner.  Note: never place a flag on the ground.

2. Fold the flag lengthwise once and then once again.

3. Bring the two ends of the flag together.

4. Concertina the flag by folding backwards and forwards until the flag is neatly bundled.

5. Keep the flag bundled by winding the rope of the flag around it.