This policy outlines the requirements relating to flagpoles and flag flying in schools and for celebrating Australia's cultural diversity and Australian citizenship.
- There are a range of requirements relating to the installation of flagpoles in schools, including requirements relating to size, procurement and location – refer to the chapter of the Guidance tab for more information.
- Schools must fly the Australian National Flag on days when patriotic ceremonies are conducted and on national flag days (if the school is open).
- Schools may also fly the Australian National Flag during school hours.
- Schools are encouraged to fly the Victorian State Flag, Aboriginal Flag and/or Torres Strait Islander Flag, alongside the Australian Flag if they have additional flag poles, in line with order of precedence protocols – refer to the chapter of the guidance tab for more information.
- Schools must conduct any ceremony acknowledging and celebrating the role of students as citizens of Australia, in a manner that is consistent with the Victorian Public Sector Values and inclusive of all students.
- Schools must not compel students to recite a pledge or declaration or take part in a patriotic ceremony if the student or parents or carers object based on religious, cultural, philosophical or other beliefs.
Flagpoles and flag flying
All schools are encouraged to have at least 3 flagpoles located at the entrance, where possible, or in other areas where the school community may assemble.
Flags must only be flown during normal working hours (9 am to 5 pm), except as stated elsewhere in this policy, or on other special occasions advised by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Ceremonies in relation to being an Australian citizen (patriotic ceremonies)
When considering holding any ceremonies celebrating Australian citizenship, or cultural diversity, schools must:
- consider the diversity of cultures and beliefs in the school community
- ensure that all students can participate
- ensure that patriotic ceremonies are conducted in a manner that is consistent with the , the and the school’s own Inclusion and Diversity Policy.
Patriotic ceremonies may include:
- singing the Australian National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair
- acknowledging the symbolic importance of the Australian National Flag alongside other flags including the:
- Australian Aboriginal Flag
- Torres Strait Islander Flag
- student recital of a declaration, such as:
Schools must not compel students to recite a pledge or declaration or take part in a patriotic ceremony if the student or parents or carers object based on religious, cultural, philosophical or other beliefs.
Any flags used in a patriotic ceremony held at a school must include the Australian National Flag.
Flag flying and patriotic ceremonies
Reviewed 14 September 2023