Australia’s flag flying high after 110 years

Release Date: 
7 December 2018
Media release

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the current design of the Australian National Flag.

On 8 December 1908, the Governor-General unveiled an updated flag to reflect and acknowledge the formation of territories in Australia.

Australia’s first flag had a Commonwealth Star comprising six points to represent the six Australian states. In 1908, the number of points on the Commonwealth Star was increased to seven to include Australia’s territories.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Steve Irons said Australia’s national flag had stood the test of time.

“Our flag is Australia’s foremost national symbol and has become an expression of Australian identity and pride,” Assistant Minister Irons said.

“This anniversary provides an opportunity to celebrate the significance of the Australian National Flag as our key national symbol and everything that is great about our country.”

The Australian flag was first flown in September 1901 at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne and has remained unchanged since 1908.