Can you fly the Australian flag without permission?
Any person may fly the Australian National Flag. However, the flag should be treated with the respect and dignity it deserves as the nation’s most important national symbol. Flag protocol is based on longstanding international and national practice. The flag should not be allowed to fall or lie on the ground.
Who owns the rights to the Australian flag?
Unlike most official flags, it is not owned by the government. Instead the flag belongs to Harold Thomas, an Aboriginal artist who designed it in 1971 for his people’s civil rights movement.
Do you need permission to use the Australian flag?
The flag can be used for commercial purposes, including advertising, without formal permission, except when importing products, applying for trademarks and registering designs. The flag should be used in a dignified manner and reproduced completely and accurately. …
What happens if you drop the Australian flag?
When the material of a flag deteriorates it may either be placed in a permanent place of storage or should be destroyed privately and in a dignified way such as cutting it into small unrecognisable pieces, placing it in an appropriate sealed bag or closed container and then putting it in the normal rubbish collection.
Is flying the Aboriginal flag illegal?
Although official permission is not required to fly either the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flag, Reconciliation Australia always encourages consultation with the local community when doing so.
Do you need permission to fly the Aboriginal flag?
Permission is not required to fly the Australian Aboriginal flag, however, the Australian Aboriginal flag is protected by copyright and may only be reproduced in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or with the permission of Mr Harold Thomas.
Is the Aboriginal flag legal?
The Aboriginal flag is currently subject to exclusive licensing arrangements. A Committee established to look into the flag’s copyright and licensing arrangements recently rejected an approach that would see the Government compulsorily acquire the copyright of an Aboriginal artist.
Why can’t the AFL use the Aboriginal flag?
It should be celebrated. It’s a copyright dispute. A company not owned by Indigenous Australians, WAM Clothing, has exclusive rights to use the flag on clothing. Last year it threatened legal action against the AFL and NRL for using the flag on their respective Indigenous Round jerseys.
Is it a crime to burn the Australian flag?
It is not an offence against the law at the present time to burn an Australian flag. In 1989, a private member s bill was introduced by Michael Cobb MP (Nat) to make it an offence to desecrate, dishonour, burn, mutilate or destroy the Australian National Flag or an Australian Ensign, without lawful authority.
Which flag should be raised the highest?
the U.S. flag
In a group of flags displayed from staffs, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point. When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so that its folds fall free.
Is the Aboriginal flag official?
The colours of the flag represent the Aboriginal people of Australia and their connection to the land. The flag was first raised on 9 July 1971. In 1995, the Aboriginal flag was recognised by the Australian Government as an official ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953.
What are the 3 official flags of Australia?
The Australian flag has three elements on a blue background: the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross. The Union Jack in the upper left corner (or canton) acknowledges the history of British settlement. Below the Union Jack is a white Commonwealth or Federation star.