Australian National Flag Day 2021

September 3, 2021

Friday 3 September 2021 marks 120 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building in 1901, and it’s an important milestone to acknowledge as we reflect on the importance of our foremost national emblem.

The Australian flag is a symbol of our nation’s freedom and courage, uniting all Australians in pride for our country and fellow countrymen and women.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Aussie values of mateship, fairness, optimism and humour ensure we continue to stand strong together as a nation.

Our national flag also serves as a powerful reminder that Australia is the lucky country, which I feel more than ever this year as we witness the challenges faced by many countries globally.

This National Flag Day, I acknowledge all defence force personnel who have served under the Australian flag to protect our country, our freedom, and way of life, through during times of conflict, as well as on humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

I also acknowledge our Federal and State Police who do an incredible job in extremely difficult times to keep the peace and ensure our safety every day.

I encourage all Australians to celebrate with pride the 120th anniversary of the Australian National Flag, and to reflect with gratitude on those who have made sacrifices to uphold our Aussie values.

For more information and resources for Australian National Flag Day, visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website:


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.