Outdoor flag protocol

This Protocol advice applies to the Australian Flag & State Flags, and would also apply to most Commonwealth countries.

On or in front of a building with one flagpole

i) Government Buildings throughout Australia – The flag of the State is to be flown.

ii) Statutory Authorities throughout the State – It is recommended that the State Flag be flown.

iii) State Government Schools – The Australian National Flag is to be flown.

On or in front of a building with one flagpole cross arms

i) The Australian National Flag is flown from the halyard on the left of the observer facing the building.

On or in front of a building with one flagpole with cross arms & masthead

i) The Australian National Flag is flown from the masthead. The State Flag is flown from the halyard on the left of the observer facing the building. A house flag or club pennant is flown from the right halyard.

On, or in front of a building with two flagpoles of equal height

i) The Australian National Flag is flown on the flagpole on the left of the observer facing the building.

ii)The State Flag of the same size if flown on the pole on the observer’s right.

On, or in front of a building with three flagpoles of equal height

i) The Australian National Flag is flown on the flagpole on the left of the observer facing the building. The Union Jack or other appropriate National Flag is flown on the center flagpole. The State Flag is flown on the observer’s right. or,

ii)The Australian National Flag is flown on the flagpole on the left of the observer facing the building.

On, or in front of a building with three flagpoles with the centre pole being higher

i) The State Flag is flown on the flagpole on the left of the observer facing the building. A house flag or club pennant is flown on the flagpole on the observer’s right.

ii) The State Flag is flown on the center flagpole. A house flag or club pennant is flown on the center flagpole. A house flag or club pennant is flown on the flagpole on the observer’s right.

iii) The house flag or club pennant need not be the same size or design shape. The Australian National Flag or the State flag or club pennant should not be flown on the same halyard. Note: if only the Australian National Flag and the State Flag are available they should be flown on the outside poles (omitting the higher center pole).

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