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Chamber flag program

Overarching obligations

The Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 imposes overarching obligations.
The dominant purpose and value for money tests and specified conditions must be met. See s25, 26, 27, 28.
The Commonwealth is not liable to pay an expense or provide a public resource where you contravene any of these obligations (s29, PBR Act).

You may obtain flags that were hung, on a sitting day, for or in either Chamber (whichever is relevant), with an accompanying certificate, for purposes related to the conduct of your parliamentary business.

Flags and certificates are provided:

  • for presentation to constituents or organisations;
  • subject to availability; and
  • on request to, and at the discretion of, the Serjeant-at-Arms or Usher of the Black Rod (whichever is relevant).

Constituent is defined in section 5 Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 as a person enrolled to vote or resident in your electorate (or State/Territory for a Senator).

Note: Flags obtained for presentation as part of the Chamber Flag Program are not debited from annual budget for office expenses. Other flags ordered outside of the Chamber Flag Program are debited from the annual budget for office expenses – see Flags, nationhood material and wreaths.


It is expected that there will be an element of formality in the act and/or ceremony attached to the manner in which large flags are presented and that the presentation is made directly by you to the recipient. Large flags should not be distributed more generally. For example, large flags should not be included in general information packages to constituents.

It is expected that flags not be presented to businesses or commercial enterprises.

Last updated: 05 March 2020