To All Flag Marshals:  For Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Memorial Service

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela AC

A Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela AC will be held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday 10 December 2013.

Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of the last century.  He was the father of modern South Africa.  He brought forgiveness to a broken country.  He was a moral leader, as well as a political leader, and the whole world honours him at this time.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Tuesday 10 December 2013 in your locality from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

9 December 2013