12 Feb, 2017

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations - Monday 13 February 2017

On 13 February 2008 the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations. To recognise the anniversary of the occasion and in national recognition of Indigenous Australians, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on South Australian Government buildings and establishments all day on Monday 13 February 2017.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. But if two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet.

Information on flag protocol can be found at https://www.dpmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols

Thank you for your assistance. Please contact the Protocol and Missions Unit on 8429 5135 if you require further information.