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The Australian flag was first flown on third September 1901, and hence the third of September is now the official Australian flag day. The flag design was a result of a competition with over thirty two thousand (32,000) Australians submitting entries. The winning design was attributed to five entries, as they were all similar. Each winner received forty pounds each from the prize pool that had been put up by the Government, a Melbourne publication called “Review of Reviews for Australasia” and a tobacco company. There was some controversy as the design was similar to the Victorian state flag of the time and the allegation was that it was “To Victorian”. In the following years some minor modifications were made to the design of the flag, including the addition of an extra point to the Federation star, and the simplifying of the stars of the Southern Cross, initially they had different numbers of points in order to show the star's relative brightness. The official design of the Australian flag was published in 1934 in the Commonwealth Gazette.

Australian Flag specification for manufacture
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There are certain protocols that should be observed when flying the Australian flag, the Australian Government has a website that details these protocols, https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols
Two important days in Australia where correct flag protocol is important are:

  • ANZAC Day (25 April) the flag is flown at half-mast until noon.
  • Remembrance Day (11 November) flags are flown at peak until 10:30 am, at half-mast from 10:30 am to 11:03 am, then at peak for the remainder of the day.

When flying a flag at half mast, it should be lowered at least one third of the flagpole height. The Australian flag when flown at night should be illuminated and should never be flown at half mast at night.
There have been numerous attempts by politicians to criminalise the desecration of the Australian flag starting in 1953 and most recently in 2006 which was brought about by a couple of flag burning incidents, including the Cronulla riots of 2005. All the flag protection bills introduced to parliament have lapsed.

Atop of Parliament House in Canberra is a large Australian National flag measuring 12.8 by 6.4 metres (in years gone by this would have been referred to as a 14yard flag). The flag itself weighs approximately 15 kg.  The flag flies constantly, being illuminated at night.

Australian flag flying atop Parliament House in Canberra

Image Attribution:  Thennicke / CC BY-SA

Australia flag 150x90cm
Dimensions  for flag 1500x900mm
Australia 150x90cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-AUS/L
$22.00
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Australia flag 90x60cm
Dimensions for flag 1500x900mm
Australia 90x60cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-AUS/M
$16.28
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Australia flag 180x120cm
Dimensions for flag 1800x1200mm
Australia 180x120cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-AUS/X
$34.32
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Australia flag 240x150cm
Dimensions for flag 2400x1500mm
Australia 240x150cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-AUS/V
$89.00
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Australia hand waver flag 45x30cm
Dimensions for hand-waver 450x300mm
Australia 45x30cm polyester hand waver flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a timber dowel measuring 60cm long and a diameter of 0.8cm, capped with a white spherical plastic finial.
SKU: C-AUS/HW
$13.00
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Australia child hand waver flag 23x15cm
Dimensions for hand-waver-child 230x150mm
Australia 23x15cm polyester child hand waver flag with hot knife cut edges, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a timber dowel measuring 30cm long and a diameter of 0.5cm, capped with a white spherical plastic finial.
SKU: C-AUS/HC
$6.99
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Australia desk flag 150x10cm
Dimensions for desk-flag 150x100mm
Australia 15x10cm polyester desk flag with hot knife cut edges, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a black plastic dowel measuring 27cm long and a diameter of 0.5cm, capped with a gold coloured plastic finial.
SKU: C-AUS/DF
$6.99
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Australia bunting 30 flags 23x15cm
Dimensions for bunting 30 flags 230x150mm
Australia bunting has 30 small polyester flags, each flag measuring 23x15cm and spaced 10cm apart sewn into a header tape to make a string of flags, 80cm of extra tape at each end for fixing. The edges of the flags are hot knife cut.
SKU: C-AUS/SF30
$59.00
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Australia bunting 10 flags 23x15cm
Dimensions for bunting 10 flags 230x150mm
Australia bunting has 10 small polyester flags, each flag measuring 23x15cm and spaced 10cm apart sewn into a header tape to make a string of flags, 80cm of extra tape at each end for fixing. The edges of the flags are hot knife cut.
SKU: C-AUS/SF10
$25.00
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Australia badge 9x6cm
Dimensions for badge 90x60mm
Australia badge 9x6cm with edges over-locked in gold coloured thread. The badge can be affixed using a hot iron. Badges are also known as patches.
SKU: C-AUS/P1
$6.20
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Australia decal 12.4x8.2cm
Dimensions for decal 124x62mm
Australia self adhesive rectangular decal, measuring 12.4x8.2cm. Decals are also known as stickers.
SKU: C-AUS/D1
$4.00
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Australia decal oval 12x9cm
Dimensions for decal oval 120x90mm
Australia self adhesive oval shaped decal, measuring 12x9cm. Decals are also known as stickers.
SKU: C-AUS/D2
$4.50
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Australia wind-sock 146cm
Dimensions for Windsock 1460mm long
Australia windsock 146cm long, including 6 tails which are 100cm long. Throat diameter is 14cm, complete with metal snap-clip for easy fixing.
SKU: C-AUS/WS
$29.99
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Products specifications
Country Official NameCommonwealth Of Australia
Country Government TypeConstitutional Monarchy
Country CapitalCanberra
Country Code (3 letter)AUS
Flag Day3 September
Flag Descriptionblue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large seven-pointed star in the lower hoist-side quadrant known as the Commonwealth Star, representing the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901; the star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing all of Australia's internal and external territories; the remaining half is a representation of the Southern Cross constellation in white with one small five-pointed star and four larger, seven-pointed stars
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