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. 

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast
Wednesday 17 May 2017

Mr Lewis (Lou) Thomas Charles Richards MBE
1923 – 2017

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for the late Mr Lewis (Lou) Thomas Charles Richards MBE will be held at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 11.00am.

Mr Richards was born into one of the most famous Collingwood families in 1923 and debuted for the Collingwood Football Club, wearing the No. 24 jumper at Princes Park in 1941. He went on to play for the Club for 15 years, playing 250 games and kicking 423 goals. He was Captain from 1952 to 1955, leading the side to a Premiership in 1953.

Mr Richards was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1981, received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 1996 Mr Richards was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and in 2008 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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 17 May 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. Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at

The financial and staffing implications arising from flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each agency or organisation.

View flag notification for Wednesday 17 May 2017

Notifications are issued for different occasions, including:

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

If you wish to join the notification network, please register via Flag Notification online application form.

Further information about flags and protocols can be found in the Australian Flags booklet: part two.

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Last updated on Tuesday, 16 May 2017