Seeking community views of flag retirement options

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter is asking the community for feedback on the best and most appropriate way for Australians to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian National Flags.

Mr Porter said that the Australian National Flag Protocols currently did not provide detailed guidance on how to retire flags that are damaged, faded or dilapidated.

“The Australian National Flag is a symbol of great importance and proudly displayed by many community organisations, RSLs, schools, clubs and individuals in my electorate - reflecting the great pride and respect Australians have for our flag,” Mr Porter said.

“There is often confusion from residents and community organisations in Pearce about how to retire Australian National Flags with dignity and respect.”

The Liberal Government is interested in community views on changes to the Flag Protocols to include guidance on conducting a retirement ceremony for worn Australian National Flags.

A Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper has been made available to help start this important discussion.

“Through this process I hope we are able to gather some useful suggestions and feedback on an appropriate flag retirement protocol for the future,” Mr Porter said.  

Community views and submissions are due by the end of February 2017.  

For more information about the Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper and how to provide your feedback please visit