Australian National Anthem protocols

The Australian National Anthem is an important national symbol of Australia and should be treated with respect and dignity. All Australians are encouraged to sing the Australian National Anthem and these protocols are to assist you when singing or performing the Anthem at a ceremony or public event.

  1. Traditionally, only the first verse of the Australian National Anthem is used but both verses can be used.
  2. When the Australian National Anthem is played at a ceremony or public event it is customary to stand.
  3. The event organiser can choose when the Anthem is played during an event.
  4. The tune or tempo of the Australian National Anthem should not be modified and alternative words should not be used.
  5. Any musical instrument may be incorporated into a performance of the Anthem.
  6. The Australian National Anthem should be performed in English.
  7. Individuals or organisations can perform Advance Australia Fair in a language other than English, but this should not be represented as a version of the Australian National Anthem. As a result, protocols do not apply to its use e.g. it is not necessary to stand when the song is played.
  8. If Advance Australia Fair is performed in a language other than English, along with the Australian National Anthem, the Anthem should be played first.
  9. When the Australian National Anthem is played at the same event as the anthem of another nation, you should play the anthem of the visiting nation first.

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