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Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

NAIDOC Week is held every year in early July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 3 to 10 July 2022 (inclusive), is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for First Nations Australians. From Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July 2022 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Western Australian Government buildings and establishments. Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station, the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag. On this occasion, in accordance with flag protocol, the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag may follow the Australian National Flag ahead of state and territory flags and other ensigns and pennants.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the order of precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the Australian Flags booklet.

If further information is required, please contact Protocol and State Events on 61 8 6552 6333 or visit the Australian National Flag protocols page.

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Page reviewed 06 May 2022