From the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd):
The Australian flag is a powerful symbol of our nation, of who we are and who we aspire to be.
It is under the Australian flag that we sing our national anthem, pledge our allegiance to this country and come together as one united, harmonious and cohesive nation.
On National Flag Day, we look to our flag for inspiration as we resolve to keep working together for the benefit of the nation and all who call it home.
Our flag is part of us, we revere it and we honour all it represents.
I commend the work of the Australian National Flag Association for its tireless work in promoting our flag and offer my best wishes to all Australians on this important day.
From the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull MP:
On 3 September Australian National Flag Day is celebrated, marking 117 years since our flag was first flown.
As the chief symbol of our nation, the Australian National Flag welcomes our newest citizens and celebrates our achievements. It has flown on battlefields far from home and solemnly marked our times of mourning.
The Australian National Flag was chosen through an international competition, an early sign of our creativity and steadfast belief in giving each other a fair go.
As a young nation, we have achieved an extraordinary amount since the flag was first unfurled at Melbourne’s Exhibition Building in 1901.
Under this flag we have grown into a prosperous and peaceful modern nation, and forged unique Australian values, underpinned by democracy and egalitarianism.
Today, our flag flies proudly atop our institutions, homes and schools, the only national flag to fly across an entire continent. It is often accompanied by the Australian Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag, in a powerful reminder of the richness of our great country.
Australian National Flag Day is an enduring reminder of our history and an opportunity to affirm our commitment to an even stronger future for all Australians.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
From the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP:
It gives me great pleasure to join with fellow Australians in celebrating Australian National Flag Day 2018.
The 3rd of September is an annual day of commemoration to mark the first flying of the Australian National Flag in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition building, Melbourne.
In the century since that first unveiling, the Australian flag has shared our national journey.
Today, on its 117th “birthday” we marvel at the enduring legacy of our national flag throughout the generations – through times of war and peace, struggle and prosperity.
The Australian flag remains the unmistakable visual symbol of our nationhood: flying on the flagpoles of our treasured national institutions, waved among cheering crowds at sporting competitions, or hung proudly on young people’s backpacks as they venture abroad.
Ours is a flag that unites an entire continent, the “stars and crosses” capturing our ideals, our geography, our indigenous heritage and our unity.
This year, on National Flag Day, I encourage Australians to take the opportunity to discover the history of our 117 year old flag and its significance to our shared identity.
From former Prime Minister, John Howard OM AC:
The Australian Flag remains integral to our history as a nation. It successfully blends so much of what we proudly call the Australian achievement.
Yours Sincerely, John Howard
From Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC
The Australian national flag identifies and unites Australians, representing all that we do.
Since it was first flown on 3 September 1901, the Australian flag has grown to become an icon that symbolises our heritage, values and character as a nation, and is used to demonstrate our pride in national achievements.
The Australian flag is especially significant to Australian Defence Force personnel who have fought and died under our flag to protect the freedoms that Australians enjoy today. We proudly wear the flag on our uniform each day as a constant reminder of our duty to serve the nation and honour those who gave their lives to defend it.
On 3 September, Australian National Flag Day, I encourage all Australians to reflect on what our flag represents, and the sacrifices made under this flag for our nation.
Angus J Campbell, AO, DSC
General & Chief of the Defence Force
From the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson AO:
Six Australian Flags fly proudly in front of the Australian War Memorial. In direct line of sight from the Parliament, each is a reminder of the truths by which we live and the values that bind us as Australians.
Australian men and women have served, fought, suffered and died under our flag from the First World War to Afghanistan, in peace and in war.
The Australian flag reminds us every single day of those who made us who we are and gave us what we have. In doing so, it inspires us to be outward looking people confident in who we are and in what we believe.
On national Flag Day there is much to celebrate and for which to give thanks, today and everyday….’for we are young and free.
The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director, Australian War Memorial
From the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator James McGrath
117 years ago, on 3 September 1901, a blue flag – 11 metres long and 5 and a half metres wide – was raised for the first time from the main dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, then home of the Commonwealth Parliament.
Since that day, the Australian National Flag – that blue flag of stars and crosses – has proudly represented our young Federation at home and abroad, and expressed the shared identity of all Australians.
It is a symbol of the values for which our nation stands, and a beacon of the freedoms and liberties for which countless brave Australians have fought.
I commend the great work of the Australian National Flag Association of New South Wales in building community understanding of the Australian National Flag and its history.
James McGrath, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
Senator for Queensland
From the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian MP
I am pleased to send my best wishes to all Australians on the occasion of Australian National Flag Day 2018.
This important occasion reminds us of the role we each play in being good citizens and making our communities stronger.
On behalf of the NSW Government, I encourage all Australians to fly the Australian flag on 3 September 2018, and I thank the Australian National Flag Association for your dedication and hard work.
Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier
From the NSW Leader of the Opposition, Luke Foley MP:
On the 3 September 1901 as the result of an open public competition the Australian flag was unfurled.
Since that time our flag has become the symbol of a rich and successful nation proudly taking its place on the world stage; be it through business, sport, humanitarian assistance and our military, or to an Australian backpacker in the streets of a foreign city.
As we recognise the 117th anniversary of the Australian flag I encourage the people of New South Wales to celebrate this land of peace and plenty that we so proudly call home.
Yours Sincerely, Luke Foley MP, NSW Labor Leader
From the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore
Since 1901, the Australian National Flag has been a powerful symbol of a democratic nation united in our values of freedom, inclusion and respect.
As it turns 117, the National Flag continues to bring Australians together, whatever their background, reminding them of their common goals, aspirations and values, in times of celebration and difficulty.
The National Flag has been a rallying and uniting force for Australians at war, and during peacetime as a way of commemorating and celebrating our achievements.
On September 3, as on other days, the National Flag will be flown with pride across our City and I hope that you will join me in flying it too.
Yours Sincerely, Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney