Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta is asking the community for feedback on the best and most appropriate way for Australians to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian National Flags.

Mr Vasta said that the Australian National Flag Protocols currently did not provide detailed guidance on how to retire flags that are damaged, faded or dilapidated.

“There is often confusion from residents and community organisations in my electorate about how to retire Australian National Flags with dignity and respect,” Mr Vasta said.

“Through this process I hope we are able to gather some useful suggestions and feedback on an appropriate flag retirement protocol for the future.”

Mr Vasta said the Australian National Flag was a symbol of great importance to residents in the Bonner electorate.

“The Australian National Flag is proudly displayed by many community organisations, RSLs, schools, clubs and individuals in my electorate, reflecting the great pride and respect Australians have for our flag,” Mr Vasta said.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James McGrath said a Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper has been made available to help start this important discussion.

“In particular, the Government is interested in community views on changes to the Flag Protocols to include guidance on conducting a retirement ceremony for worn Australian National Flags,” Senator McGrath said.

“We believe this may be a good option for schools, clubs, organisations and others looking for a sense of formality around flag retirement.”

For a copy of the Australian Government’s Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper or to provide feedback on flag retirement options, please visit

Submissions are due by Friday, 3 February 2017.

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