Advance Australia - 2020 A Vision Unfurled
The following proposal is for a new Australian Flag. This comprehensive study features an integrated system of ensigns, which represent unity through design and diversity through colour. It proposes that the Advance Australia National Flag replace the current Australian Flag by the year 2020.
Illustration (below) by Nigel Buchanan
Why Does Australia Need to Change its Flag?
Australians should respect the current flag whether we like its colonial design or not. It has served the country well over the years through both time of adversity and triumph, however it has become clear that as a nation we have outgrown it. Australian has reached a point in time where a change is not only necessary but also long overdue. Many people now acknowledge that he current Australian flag is not a unique design and agree that it is not suitable as a national flag – it is actually a colonial flag/ensign. To feature the flag of another country on our flag is perceived as subservient and illogical. And to claim that the Union Jack on the Australian Flag symbolises the historical origin of our people is highly disrespectful to Indigenous Australians. The Advance Australia National Flag both acknowledges and proudly celebrates indigenous Australia as the world's oldest, continuous living culture.
The Advance Australia National Flag features a blue Kangaroo, which animates in a forward moving, bounding motion when flying in the breeze (see movie below). The yellow area represents the sun and is a link to the Aboriginal Flag. The Kangaroo, Australia’s most recognisable symbol should be a premier feature on our new flag. The Southern hemisphere symbol of the Southern Cross should be retained although it is not unique to be used on its own. Other links to the current Australian Flag include the colours of the stars and field (white on blue) as well as the 1-2 ration.
Nationhood symbols - Australian Parliament House, Canberra, ACT (above). A sheet of Advance Australia stamps (below)
"Instantly recognisable as Australian, this flag has the potential to present a positive and distinctive image internationally and nationally. Open to multiple applications by different interest groups, it is a flag that speaks of the power of the rich diversity and questioning that constitutes Australian culture."
Quote: Dr. Denise Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Design and Cultural History, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University. June 2005
The Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign shares the design of the Advance Australia National Flag but features the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag (red, black, yellow), which was designed by Harold Thomas in 1972. As with the National flag the kangaroo serves as a unifying symbol, which resinates with both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Protocol suggests that it fly between Advance Australia National Flag and the Australian Aboriginal Flag until reconciliation has been achieved.
Australian Aboriginal Flag Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign Advance Australia National Flag
Movie - Advance Australia Reconciliation & National Flags.
Dr. Evelyn Scott, Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation is presented with the Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign by Monash University in 1998 (above left). Ms Helen Bnads, Project Coordinator for Reconciliation Victoria introduces the Australian Reconciliation Flag to students in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (above right).
Advance Australia stamp series featuring the National Flag, Reconciliation Ensign and Sporting Ensign.
The Advance Australia Sporting Ensign shares the design of the Advance Australia National Flag but features the national sporting colours, green and gold. This ensign is for organisations and individuals to display their support of national representative sports.
Photo (above right): Getty Images - Australian Socceroos, Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill
Advance Australia Surf Lifesaving Ensign is flown in recognition of surf life saving's iconic contribution to society and to the Australian national identity. NOTE: The safety flags remain unchanged. Photos: Surf Life Saving Australia
Advance Australia Flag - Specifications
Advance Australia State & Territory Ensigns
The Advance Australia concept extends to state and territory ensigns. United under one design, individuality is expressed through the traditional state and territory colours. State emblems/badges as featured on the current state ensigns have not been included because they do not comply with vexillolgrahical guidelines. In most cases they are too detailed and to be clearly identified while in motion. Photos: Tourism Australia
New South Wales State Ensign
Queensland State Ensign
South Australia State Ensign
Tasmania State Ensign
Victoria State Ensign
Western Australia State Ensign
Northern Territory Ensign
Australian Capital Territory Ensign
Advance Australia Mercantile & Aviation Ensigns
Advance Australia Ensigns have also been created for Australian Mercantile Shipping and Civil Aviation. NOTE: The Mercantile flag remains a predominantly red ensign for visibility reasons and to comply with maritime conventions.
Australian Mercantile Shipping Ensign
Australian Civil Aviation Ensign
Advance Australia Defense Force Ensigns
The Advance Australia concept also includes ensigns for the Australian Army, Airforce and Navy. NOTE: At present the Australian Army does not have its own ensign, preferring to use the national flag.
Australian Army Ensign
Australian Navy Ensign
Australian Airforce Ensign