Australian National Flag Day – 3 September

Australian National Flag Day – 3 September

Government Australian National Flag Australian National Flag Day
Friday, 01 September 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

A group of people of varying ages holds a large Australian National Flag horizontally. In the background are two walls and a glass pyramid. Further in the background is a hill and cloud covered sky.

Soon after federation in 1901, the newly formed national government staged an international flag competition calling for designs which would symbolise the new nation of Australia.

The newly created flag was flown for the first time at a special ceremony in Melbourne on 3 September 1901.

At that ceremony, Australia’s First Prime Minister the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton announced five joint winners of the competition. Each had submitted flag designs incorporating the Southern Cross and the Union Jack. The ‘Blue Ensign’ as our national flag is also known, is derived from a compilation of those designs.

It has been Australia’s national flag ever since but it was not until 1996 that this special date, 3 September, became known as Australian National Flag Day.

All Australians are encouraged to fly or display the flag on 3 September each year. It is an opportunity for individuals, community organisations, local authorities, businesses and schools to celebrate with pride the anniversary of the Australian National Flag, the symbol of our nation.

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