Commonwealth Flag Network

Monday, 21 August 2017

A State Memorial Service for the late Ms Betty Cuthbert AM MBE will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, 21 August 2017, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW.

Ms Cuthbert won four Olympic gold medals and set nine world records during her extraordinary sporting career. She was appointed MBE in 1965 for services to athletics in NSW, and in 1984 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to sport and the community.

Friday, 18 August 2017

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable John Richard "Johno" Johnson will be held at 10:30am on Friday, 18 August 2017, at St Mary's Cathedral, College Street, Sydney, NSW. 

Mr Johnson was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1976 for the Australian Labor Party. He served as the Council's President from 1978 to 1991 and remained a member of the Council until 2001. In 2015, Mr Johnson was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope Francis.

Monday, 14 August 2017

A State Funeral Service for the late Mr Les Murray AM will be held at 11am on Monday 14 August 2017 at St Mary’s Cathedral, College Street, Sydney, NSW. 

Mr Murray was one of Australia’s most recognised and loved sporting identities. Throughout his 35 year broadcasting career he was a passionate advocate for football and an instrumental figure in making the world game part of our culture today. He came to Australia as a refugee from Hungary and throughout his life was a dedicated advocate for refugees and a champion of multiculturalism. 

Sunday, 02 July 2017

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year during the first full week in July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 2 to 9 July inclusive, is ‘Our Languages Matter’.  Further information is on the NAIDOC website.

Friday, 30 June 2017

A State Funeral for the Honourable Concetto (Con) Sciacca AO, will be held at 10.30 am on Friday 30 June 2017 at the Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD.

Mr Sciacca was the Minister assisting the Treasurer for Superannuation from 1995-1996, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from 1994-1996, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Services 1994, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Arts and Administrative Services from 1993-1994 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security from 1990-1994.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

His Excellency Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale, President of the Republic of Vanuatu, died on 17 June 2017. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Prime Minister has offered condolences to the people of Vanuatu and advised that the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia will represent Australia at the funeral. The Prime Minister’s statement is on his website.

Monday, 12 June 2017

In accordance with flag protocol, on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday, the flying of the Australian National Flag is encouraged.

Flag marshals in all Australian Government departments, authorities and related portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on Monday, 12 June 2017, to celebrate The Queen’s Birthday.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.  Queensland and Western Australia celebrate the birthday on different dates.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet advise that a State Funeral Service for the late Mr Anthony Foster will be held at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Senior Constable Brett Forte was a serving member of the Queensland Police Service, stationed at the Toowoomba Police Station and passed away on Monday 29 May 2017.

The Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet advise that a Funeral Service with Full Police Honours will be held at 11 am on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre, Baker Street, Darling Heights, Queensland.

Friday, 26 May 2017

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture. National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

This year also commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the 25th Anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision and the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report.