The flag of Australia represents our nation. Its history is as long as that of the Commonwealth of Australia.
In 1901, more than 30000 designs entered into a public competition to create an Australia flag. The contest was announced as soon as the colonies federated to form the Commonwealth of Australia. Five people came up with very similar designs and they shared the wining place.
The flag of Australia was raised for the first time on the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 3 September 1901.
The flag has several elements that symbolise the countr's legacy and geography.
The flag can be flown every day of the year. It flies over the federal and state parliaments. And people sometimes install flagpoles in their front yards to fly the national flag.
The Australian flag has a special place in the hearts of the people present at the official ceremonies that mark national occasions such as Australia Day (26 January) or Anzac Day (25 April), which are Australian public holidays.
Each of the states and territories of this country has its own flag.
Flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag are also part of the official Australian flags.