Flying the flag

Why is this important?

Flying the Aboriginal flag or both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags is one of the most widespread and fundamental ways councils recognise and respect Aboriginal people.

It is an important symbol welcoming Aboriginal people to local government.

What can your council do?

Councils can fly the Aboriginal flag, or both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, permanently or only on special occasions. It is important to develop local protocols in consultation with the local Aboriginal community.

For example, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, City of Greater Dandenong and Shire of Yarra Ranges lower the Aboriginal flags to half-mast on the passing of Elders from their community, and City of Whittlesea lowers all flags to half-mast on National Sorry Day.  Some Councils hold a special flag-raising ceremony on Sorry Day, raising the flag to half-mast for a minute’s silence, then raising to full-mast for the duration of Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

Many councils also fly the flag during NAIDOC Week, holding a flag-raising ceremony at the beginning of NAIDOC Week.

The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that 47 councils permanently fly the Aboriginal flag.

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Aboriginal flag

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Torres Strait Islander Flag



Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm