Advance Australia Flags For Sale

To purchase the Advance Australia National Flag, Reconciliation Ensign or National Sporting Ensign contact: 


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T: 1800 990 989  



Advance Australia National Flag 

A dark blue, forward moving, kangaroo silhouetted against a golden sky has replaced the Union Jack and Federation Star featured on the current Australian Flag. The leading edge of the kangaroo divides the flag into two distinct areas. The white stars of the Southern Cross are reversed out of a blue field, which is unchanged from the current flag.  

Ausflag supports the idea of a new flag for Australia.







 Proposed stamp design - Coat of Arms (unchanged)

Proudly Multicultural - Kevin Pappas and the Advance Australia National Flag. The Kevin Pappas character, a 'Kangaroo Greek' gentleman was created for All Australian Graffiti in 1977 by Con Aslanas. Kevin was re-illustrated holding the flag in 2005 by former AAG colleague, Geoff Cook for the exhibition, We’re a Weird Mob – Designing a Cultural Identity (All Australian Graffiti Retrospective & A Vision Unfurled), Post Master Gallery, Australia Post, Melbourne, 2005.                                                                                              

Highlighting the problem and providing a clue to the solution - Cathy Freeman wraps herself in both the Australian National and Aboriginal Flags after winning a gold medal at he 2000 Sydney Olympics in the women's 400 meters final. After the race Freeman ran a lap of honor with both flags tied together as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation.


The Supporting Reconciliation logo is free to be used by companies; organisations or individuals who want to publicly display their support for the reconciliation process. The logo has been designed to feature on stationary, advertising and promotional collateral.

Australian Indigenous Flags - Aboriginal Flag, Torres Straight Island Flag and the Australian Reconciliation Flag. The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands Flag offer a reminder that there are two nations living in Australia, Indigenous and non-indigenous. Commonly known as the Australian Reconciliation Flag, the Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign was designed to be a symbol of unity.

Australia Fare (above)- a visual commentary on Aboriginal culture, multiculturalism and Australian national identity.

Designer - Chanthra Pumarini

Consultant - Dr Lynette Russell

Photographer Mimmo Cozzolino

Exhibition(s) - One Step Back, Two Steps Forward. Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA and Studio 9 Gallery at the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

NOTE: the exhibited works were produced at cross-cultural workshops held at Monash University, Victoria, Australia and the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. The project was entitled MIX06 (Migrant Indigenous Exchange 2006). Robert L. Peters, Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts, University of Hartford and Russell Kennedy, Senior Lecturer at Monash University, led the workshops. 

Collaborative interpretation of the Advance Australian Reconciliation Flag (acrylic on canvas 1m x 2m) by renowned Aboriginal artists Rodney Wharton (Margany) and Colin McKinnon-Dodd (Yamatji) for the A Vision Unfurled exhibition, Post Master Gallery, Australia Post, Melbourne, 2005.

Why the Kangaroo?

The Kangaroo is the quintessential Australian icon and is one of the few animals, which physically cannot move backwards. The Kangaroo represents advancement and unity, its posture, as depicted on the Advance Australia Flag is proudly determined; head held high, chest thrust forward and arms tucked back as kangaroos do when travelling at full flight. The unique feature of this flag is only realised when the flag itself is in motion. When hoisted in the breeze, the kangaroo animates in a perpetual bounding motion…hence “Advance Australia". 

 Internationally identifiable, the kangaroo is a representative symbol for both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Why Reconciliation? Australia's Aboriginal people represent the oldest continuous living culture in the world. If Australia is to acknowledge its whole history and not just its colonial past (as it must) then it is necessary to embed Australia's indigenous foundation into our most visible national symbol.

The Advance Australian Reconciliation Ensign has been designed as a potent symbol of the way ahead. It is not intended to replace the existing indigenous flags but instead to sit comfortably between them and the Australian flag until such time that reconciliation has been achieved.

Currently referred to as the Australian Reconciliation Flag, this ensign is flown all over Australia by schools, shire councils and Aboriginal communities/organisations. This flag has been officially recognised at local government level in Victoria by the Nillimbick Shire Council. In 1997 Monash University donated Australian Reconciliation Flags to every secondary college in the State of Victoria. Reconciliation is the key to building pride, self esteem and purpose. It is about creating a better country and a fair Australia for future generations of its Indigenous peoples...Advance Australia Fair! 

Why Supporting Ensigns? 

Ensign is another term for flag. It also means a flag based on another flag as seen in the colonial system. Originally an ensign was a flag flown at the stern of a ship to denote nationality, especially with naval flags. The term has extended over time to become associated with state flags and those flown by the government services on land, sea or air.  

The Advance Australian Flag concept considers the national flag as the foundation of an extended visual identity program. State territory, air force, navy, mercantile shipping and civil aviation ensigns have been redesigned to fit the national flag template. The Australian Commonwealth is united under one design with the individuality of the states, territories and services expressed through variance of colour.

This proposal also suggests the addition of ensigns for the Australian army, surf lifesaving and national sport representation. Both the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands flags remain unchanged with the Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign joining them as an Indigenous Australian ensign.

Critical Comment - Advance Australia

"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." 

Dr. Denise Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Design and Cultural History, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University. June 2005

The September/October 2007 (#355) issue of Communication Arts magazine contains a feature article entitled “Design down under: graphic design in the Land of Oz” written by Robert L. Peters, Canada's preeminent design commentator and principle of Circle Design. The Advance Australia Flag project features as part of an in-depth piece, which explores Australia’s unique attributes, history, culture, and current realities in relation to visual communication. 

Read/download the feature article here (2.5 MB)


Russell Kennedy PhD, FRSA, FDIA designed the Advance Australia National Flag & Supporting Ensigns. 

 Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Design at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and is a Past President (2011-2013) of Ico-D, the International Council of Design. 








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