Victorian Flag Notifications Network

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for notifying Victorian organisations when there is an occasion that involves our national flag and state flags. Flag notifications will relate to the half-masting of flags, or an instruction to fly specific flags. 

Flag Notification

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast
Wednesday 7 June 2017

Mr Anthony Foster
1953 – 2017

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for the late Mr Anthony Foster will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, commencing at 10.30 am.

After their own family tragically suffered immense pain, Anthony and Chrissie Foster fought tirelessly as advocates for victims of child sexual abuse. Although softly spoken, Mr Foster's eloquent words carried power and weight. Seeking justice for his family and increasingly for other victims also, he was a brave force and consistent source of support and strength for many.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day, Wednesday 7 June in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by State and Local Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations in Victoria are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

The financial and staffing implications arising from flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each agency or organisation. Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at

Recipients of this message are requested to advise all agencies within their portfolio.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Strategic Communication, Engagement and Protocol Branch

Flag Notification - Half-masting - State funeral Mr Anthony Foster (Word - 64.6Kb)

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  • passing of a significant Australian
  • state funeral or memorial
  • days of national commemoration
  • acknowledgement of an international day.

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Last updated on Monday, 05 June 2017