Flags

Mornington Peninsula Shire Flag Protocol

This policy guides the flying of flags at civic and Council owned flagpoles at war memorials and other locations across the municipality.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol(PDF, 513KB)

Australian National Flag Protocols

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides information on the Australian National Flag Protocol including the Australian Flags booklet: part 2, which is an except of the Australian Flags booklet and deals with the protocols for the appropriate use and flying of the flag.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Flag Notifications

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification – The Honourable Peter Keaston Reith AM (1950 – 2022)

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Memorial Service for the Honourable Peter Keaston Reith AM will take place at 1.00pm on Thursday 17 November 2022 at Saint Andrew’s Church, 228 New Street, Brighton, Victoria.

Mr Reith was the Minister for Defence (2001), Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business (1998 to 2001), Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business (1997 to 1998), Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service (1996 to 1997) and the Minister for Industrial Relations (1996 to 1997).

Mr Reith was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant service to the Parliament of Australia, and to the community of Victoria.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Thursday, 17 November 2022.  

Remembrance Day – Friday 11 November 2022

Every year, on 11 November at 11 am – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – we pause to remember those men and women who have served and those who have died in all wars and peacekeeping operations.

Remembrance Day marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front at the end of the First World War - the first moment of peace in four years. Now, more than ever, we hold peace close to our hearts in the hope that the fragile peace hard won by generations past endures for generations to come.

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2022, flags at our Municipal Offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings will be lowered to half-mast at 10.30am and raised back to the peak at 11.02am. This protocol allows for the traditional ceremonial duties to be carried out including, a minute of silence from 11.00am.

The Remembrance Day service will be live-streamed and available to watch via Remembrance Day | | Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification – Uncle Jack Charles (1943 - 2022)

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for Uncle Jack Charles will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday 18 October 2022, at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank, Victoria.

Uncle Jack Charles was a proud Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung man. He was also a highly respected Elder, actor, musician, potter and gifted performer. A member of the Stolen Generation, Uncle Jack co-founded the first Aboriginal theatre company, Nindethana in 1972.

In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Tudawali Award, honouring his lifetime contribution to Indigenous media. In 2014, he received a Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, he was named Victorian Senior Australian of the Year. In 2019, he won the Ochre Award and in 2022 he was award NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Tuesday, 18 October 2022.  

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Flag Notification – 20th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has issued a flag notification for the 20th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings. A Memorial Service to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings will take place on Wednesday, 12 October 2022, at Parliament House, Canberra.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people, including 88 Australians, were tragically killed and many others injured. This anniversary will be a difficult day for many in Australia, Indonesia and around the world, and our thoughts are with the survivors, families and loved ones of those killed. We will pay tribute to the courage and resilience shown by so many whose lives were forever changed by these attacks.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Wednesday, 12 October 2022.  

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Flag Notification - A State Funeral for Mr Abe Shinzo AC

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has issued a flag notification for the State Funeral of Mr Abe Shinzo AC, former Prime Minister of Japan.  

The State Funeral for Mr Abe will be the first held for a former Prime Minister since 1967 and will be held in Japan on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. Mr Abe served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history.

In 2022, Mr Abe was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Tuesday, 27 September 2022.   

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Flag Notification - Her Majesty The Queen
Australia mourns the passing of Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the passing of The Sovereign protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast from today until further notice.

An online condolence message can be left, or you can download the condolence book (PDF 350 kB) and mail your message to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The condolences will be collated and sent to Buckingham Palace. The messages will also be archived by the Commonwealth and may be displayed at its national institutions, such as the National Library of Australia, to form a lasting record of this moment in history.

This link provides further information regarding the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification - State Memorial Service for Ms Judith Durham AO
A State Memorial Service for Ms Judith Durham AO will be held on Tuesday 6 September 2022 at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Ms Durham was an icon and a pioneer of Australian music and was known for her soaring voice and signature style. In 1962, Ms Durham joined the band The Seekers, delivering global hits including I’ll Never Find Another You, A World of Our Own, The Carnival is Over and Georgy Girl. A classically trained pianist, Ms Durham recorded her first EP with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers in 1963.

Following her departure from the The Seekers in 1968, Ms Durham toured Australia and the world. She used her unique voice to record across genres, including pop, jazz, gospel, and the blues.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Tuesday, 6 September 2022.   

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification - State Memorial Service for The Honourable Jane Garrett (1973 – 2022)
A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Jane Garrett will be held at 11:00am on Friday 2 September 2022, at Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria.

Ms Garrett served the Victorian community for more than 20 years, as a Member of Parliament, a councillor and a lawyer. She was a passionate advocate for the rights of working people and spent her career fighting for safer, more secure jobs. Her commitment to education, equality, and social justice for all was clear.

She entered the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Brunswick in 2010 and served for two terms. During this time, she was the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Minister for Emergency Services, Parliamentary Secretary and Shadow Cabinet Secretary. In 2018, she was elected to the Legislative Council as the Member for Eastern Victoria.

Ms Garrett previously served as an adviser to Premier Steve Bracks from 2000 to 2004. She was elected to Yarra City Council in 2008 and served as Mayor in 2010.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Friday, 02 September 2022

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification - State Memorial Service for Mr Shane Keith Warne – Wednesday 30 March 2022
A State Memorial Service for Mr Warne will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday 30 March 2022, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond, Victoria.

Australia marks the sad passing of cricketing great, Mr Shane Keith Warne 1969 – 2022. Mr Warne made his Test debut for Australia in 1992. A leg-spinner, he set a world record of 708 Test wickets which stood until 2007. He played his last Test in 2007 having taken more Ashes wickets than any other Australian or English player. He also played for his home state of Victoria, Hampshire in England, and the Rajasthan Royals as both captain and coach between 2008 and 2011. In 2011, he joined the Melbourne Stars for the inaugural season of the Big Bash League.

In 2000, Mr Warne received an Australian Sports Medal, for service to sport. In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal, for outstanding service to the Australian and international sport of cricket. He was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the 20th Century and was inducted into the International Cricket Council Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Wednesday 30 March 2022.

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification - A State Memorial for the Honourable Andrew Sharp Peacock AC - Friday 11 February 2022
A State Memorial for the Honourable Andrew Sharp Peacock AC will be held at 11:00 am on Friday 11 February 2022, at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria.

Mr Peacock was elected in 1966 to the House of Representatives as the member for Kooyong. He served as the Minister for the Army from 1969 to 1972, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 1969 to 1971, the Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 1971 to 1972, the Minister for External Territories in 1972, the Minister for Environment in 1975, the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1975 to 1980, Cabinet Minister from 1975 to 1981, the Minister for Industrial Relations from 1980 to 1981, and the Minister for Industry and Commerce from 1982 to 1983.

Mr Peacock was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997 for his service to the Australia Parliament, to politics, and for the formulation and implementation of defence and foreign policy As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Flag Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Friday, 11 February 2022.

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification - State Memorial Service Victoria Police Officers - 3 February 2022
A State Memorial Service for the four Victorian Police officers who lost their lives in the Eastern Freeway tragedy will be held on Thursday 3 February 2022.

The Service will honour the legacies of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Thursday 3 February 2022.   

Flag Notification - Memorial Service for William Arthur (Bill) Goodrem OAM - 20 December 2021
A Memorial Service will be held for Bill Goodrem OAM at St Vincent's Catholic Church, Surfers Paradise, at 10.30 am (QLD time) on Monday 20 December 2021. 

Bill Goodrem served as a Shire Councillor on the Peninsula for 25 years. From 1987 to 1997, he served on the Flinders Shire Council and, after amalgamation from 1997 to 2012 on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, serving twice as Mayor. 

Often referred to simply as 'Mr Rye'. He was an active St Vincent de Paul member for the Rosebud/Rye area. He had a 25-year membership certificate for services to the Rye Fire Brigade and over 13 years - with Habitat for Humanity, building new homes for people in need. In addition, he also worked with local Peninsula youth groups and the Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group. As a Rye Community Action Group member, he played a major role in its many projects, particularly the building and installation of the Community Playground on Rye Foreshore in 2013. 

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution, he was awarded the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. In 2020, Bill received the Medal of the Order of Australia – an OAM - for significant service to the Mornington Peninsula and Southport communities.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Monday, 20 December 2021.

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Flag Notification – State Memorial Service for the Honourable Robert FitzGerald Cooper - 6 December 2021
A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Robert FitzGerald Cooper will be held at 11:00 am on Monday 6 December 2021, at Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston, Victoria.

In 1985, Mr Cooper was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Mornington and was then immediately elected to the front bench, serving as Shadow Minister for Local Government and Public Works. In 1996, he was appointed as a parliamentary secretary before being promoted to the Ministry of Transport in 1997. Retiring from politics in 2006, Mr Cooper remained active in his local community on the Mornington Peninsula.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Protocol, the Shire will fly all flags at our Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings Office at half-mast all day Monday, 6 December 2021

Requests for Australian National Flag

Requests for an Australian National flag can be made by schools, churches, not-for-profit organisations, RSLs and to Australian exchange students travelling overseas to the local federal Members of Parliament via their website:

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding flags, please contact Governance on 5950 1137 or at governanceteam@mornpen.vic.gov.au