List of proposed Australian flags

This is a list comprising flags publicly suggested as alternatives to the current flag of Australia.

National flags

1854 Eureka Flag[1][2] The battle flag of the Eureka Stockade featured the five stars of the constellation Crux Australis in white on a white cross and blue field.
1900 Melbourne Evening Herald Flag (Blue)[3] Proposal for an Australian flag that won the contest of the Melbourne Evening Herald in 1900. The designer was Mr. F. Thompson of Melbourne. The six red stripes represent the six Australian states.
1979 All Australian Flag (by Athol Kelly)[4] A vertical 1:2 bicolour of blue (charged with the Southern Cross and the Commonwealth Star) and gold (charged with a green kangaroo facing west). This design mirrors that of the flag of Northern Territory and the flag of the Australian Capital Territory.
1982 A weekly finalist in the Daily Telegraph flag design competition (by Ralph Kelly)[4] A blue field with the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross separated by a yellow boomerang.
1983 Fair Dinkum Flag (by John Williamson)[4]
1984 Southern Cross Flag (by Tony Burton)[4] The Southern Cross slanted to the left on a dark blue field with a white stripe above a thicker red stripe at the bottom.
1986 Down Under flag (by Friedensreich Hundertwasser)[4] Uluru positioned to show "Australia holding the earth from down under".
1986 Winner of the Ausflag 88 flag competition (by Wayne Stokes)[4] A blue field with the Southern Cross in the canton and a thin white stripe above a thicker red stripe at the bottom.
1987 Lunn-Dyer and Associates' proposal[4] A green kangaroo overlaying an orange sun on a white field.
1992 Charles and Ralph Bartlett's proposal[4] Southern Cross with national colours.
1992 Winning design in Adelaide Advertiser flag competition (by John Bartholomew)[4] A stylised golden kangaroo on a green field with the Southern Cross in the canton.
1993 Joint first winning design in Channel 9 A Current Affair flag competition (by David Couzens)[4] A vertical tricolour of black, gold and green with the Southern Cross in the black band.
1993 Winning entry of Ausflag 1993 national flag competition (by Mark Tucker)[4]
1993 George Poulos' proposal[4] The rising sun of the ANZACs is the primary icon of Australia.
1994 Harold Scruby's proposal[4] A black kangaroo overlaying a golden sun on a red field (incorporates the Aboriginal colours).
1994 Ken Done's proposal[4] A golden Southern Cross on a blue field.
1995 Brendan Jones's proposal[5] A black and red background separated by a gold boomerang, the Aboriginal colours, combined with the Southern Cross and blue background from the current flag, and a seven pointed star in the canton.
1995 True Blue flag (by John Williamson)[4] A vertical bicolour of blue (charged with the Southern Cross) and brown (charged with a leaping kangaroo facing west).
1997 Sam Neil's vision of a new Australian flag (as seen in Event Horizon) The Australian flag with the Aboriginal flag in place of the Union Jack.
1997 All Australian Flag (from Yahoo Serious)[4] A large gold kangaroo standing on a thin white stripe on top of a thicker red stripe and facing the Southern Cross in the canton on a blue field.
1997 Reconciliation Flag (by Russell Kennedy)[4] A red and black flag divided to the left of centre by the shape of a kangaroo facing west and a gold Southern Cross in the fly.
1998 Sunburnt Flag (by Stephen Berry)[4][6] A golden Sun rising behind a red bar (representing the earth/blood) in a dark blue sky with the Southern Cross in the canton.
1998 Ash Nallawalla's proposal[7] A design based on the Canadian flag that scales well and is amenable to use on medals, roundels and other objects.
1999 A new national flag (by Dylan Crawfoot)[4]
1999 Peter Markwick's proposal[4] A gold kangaroo on a green field with the Commonwealth Star in the canton, the Southern Cross in the fly and a gold band at the bottom.
2000 Winning entry of the Ausflag 2000 flag design competition.[4] A blue field with the Southern Cross in the fly and a large gold Commonwealth star in the canton.
2000 Second prize in Ausflag 2000 competition (by George Margaritis)[4] A gold kangaroo on a blue and red field with a large Commonwealth Star in the fly.
2004 Southern Cross and Boomerang (by Fred Rieben)[4]

When hung indoors by the hoist (stars at top) we see Australia: SKY, SEA, BEACH and BUSH

The Boomerang is uniquely Australian. It is tool weapon and musical instrument representing technology, science and art. The Southern Cross is the constellation of our nation. It is the states, the constitution, our democracy and our dreams. Our colours are green and gold. Green is the environment – plants and animals, the air, the water, the land. Gold is the economy – industry, commerce, mining and agriculture. Southern Cross and Boomerang is a harmony with green and gold.
2004 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) in Green & Gold[8] Seven Golden Stars includes the stars from the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star and the Sun from the Aboriginal flag. The flag has a 9:14 ratio and the stars are arranged symmetrically.
2004 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) with Australian Coat of Arms in fly[9] This version of Seven Golden Stars includes the unmodified Australian Coat of Arms in the fly. (Note: for legal reasons the Coat of Arms are covered and the words "Not Official" are superimposed over the supporters.)
2005 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) Commonwealth of Australia State Flag[10] This version of Seven Golden Stars is in green and gold and includes the Australian Coat of Arms with a stylised Commonwealth Star and torse. (Note: for legal reasons the Coat of Arms are covered.)

2006 All Australian Flag (by E.R.Cattoni) [11]

A simple landscape design of an Australian sky with yellow/golden sandy coastal beaches or inland deserts with green tropical forests or grasslands. Retains the current flag's blue background with white stars. Australia is surrounded by blue oceans plus white surf on our beaches plus the white heat of the outback.

Upper hoist (canton) of the flag has white seven pointed Federation Star and the fly has the Southern Cross.

Yellow and green stripes are set parallel at the bottom of the flag - Our official sporting colours.

Designed in © 2006 by Edward R. Cattoni[11]

2009 Wendy Davies' proposal[4] A leaping green kangaroo on a yellow field. Symbolises the legends and totemic beliefs of Aboriginal Australians and the spirit of the nation.
2010 Dean Thomas' proposal[4] The Commonwealth Star on a black and red bi-colour. Merges elements of both the current Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag.
2011 Russell Kennedy' proposal[4]
2012 Australia Blue flag (by Michael Iacuone)[4] The stripes express the geographic width of the continent, red for the land and blue for the rivers.
2012 Ralph Kelly's proposal[4] An update of a 1982 design (see above) – removing the Commonwealth Star as irrelevant and creating a "green and gold" element.
2012 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) in Blue & Gold[12] Seven Golden Stars includes the stars from the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star and the Sun from the Aboriginal flag. This version of the flag uses the main design with a blue background.
2013 Dr John C. Blaxland's proposal[13]
2014 Southern Horizon (by Brett Moxey)[14][15] The familiar Australian Commonwealth Star and Southern Cross above the Australian National colours of Green and Gold in waves to represent the Australian landscape, from the beach to the dunes of the outback.
2014 Southern Field Inspired by the Southern Horizon Flag (see above), the Southern Field combines the Southern Cross and Federation Star from the current Australian National Flag, and adds the national colours green and gold as parallel bands.
2015 E. R. Cattoni's proposal[16] Retains the Australian Commonwealth Star and Southern Cross on a blue background, separated by a yellow, green and white stylised boomerang. The yellow and green represent green and gold of the National colours of Australia.
2015 Golden Commonwealth[17] In the canton of the flag there is the Commonwealth Star rendered gold as it is upon the Coat of Arms of Australia. On the right hand side is the Australian version of the Southern Cross. Both are upon a green background which combines the National colours of Australia green and gold together.
2015 Southern Unity At the bottom of the flag the blue waters of the ocean lap against the wide flat golden continent with the green coastal edge. The Southern Cross shines above the continent in the night sky framed by two stylised boomerangs honouring the original inhabitants. The boomerangs also represent human creativity and ingenuity and are interlocked representing the unity, peace and intermixing of all people who have come to live on the southern continent.
2015 Australian Stars The Southern Cross shines in the national colours framed by four stylised white boomerangs honouring the original inhabitants and also representing human creativity and ingenuity.
2015 Southern Sunrise At the bottom of the flag the blue waters of the ocean lap against the wide flat golden continent with the green coastal edge. The Southern Cross shines above the continent in the night sky. The sun rises on the horizon honouring the original inhabitants, the Anzacs and all people who have come to live on the southern continent.
2015 The Golden Wattle flag The flag design features a stylised Golden Wattle blossom centred on a green or blue background. The Golden Wattle is one of Australia's most enduring symbols: It has been a part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years, it's the inspiration behind the national colours of Australia - green and gold, and is the official floral emblem of Australia. The wattle emblem is made up of smaller spherical flowers. Each flower is arranged in a circle to create the Commonwealth Star in the centre.[18]
2016 Natural Colours of our Country Flag This flag design is inspired by the natural colours and shape of the Australian country. The black and red layers are inspired by the Australian Aboriginal flag (representing the earth and the night sky respectively as well as the Aboriginal peoples and their connection to the land). The blue layer represents the seas and waterways as well as Australia's history as part of the Commonwealth and our current Australian Flag. The yellow country represents the sun (giver of life) and sandy shores and wheat farms. The green represents the bush and trees. Together the green and gold produce the Golden Wattle and the National colours of Australia. Australians are people of all colours, shapes, cultures and sizes. All of these differences and our countries natural beauty makes Australia unique. This flag could be a good flag for a new Australian Republic.[19]
2016 Boomerang Island Home Flag Features the boomerang, a symbol and tool from Aboriginal Australian culture, but also representative of our country in the shape of an A. The flag is girt by sea and beach like our country.[20]
2016 Unity Flag The Unity Flag takes the Australian Federation star, with a golden chevron, or boomerang on a blue field. The flag is designed to represent the rich history of Australia, and unite Australia under a symbol of inclusivity and diversity. The eight pointed extends the current flag, adding a first point for Australia's first peoples and reflecting the Eureka and Federation flags. The golden boomerang incorporates the national sporting gold into the design while retaining the blue and white of Australia's current flag.[21]
2016 Golden Banner Redesign proposal for a new Australian flag. It is constituted by the country's national colours, with the Aboriginal sun representing the indigenous population of the land prior colonisation; as well as the 16 seven pointed stars representing each state and territory, which surrounds the sun as a symbol of unity between the two people.[22]
2016 The Sun and The Stars By Peter Ross
2017 Red Heart Flag By Fred Rieben. Pilbara Red, Tassie Green and Aussie Gold.
2017 Eureka Australis As stated by the name, this proposal is inspired by the Eureka flag. It takes from it the eight pointed star - which also symbolises the first federation flag, as well as the Aboriginal people of the country -, with 4 seven-pointed stars on top of the cross. Unlike the original Eureka flag, the cross goes through the flag from extreme to extreme to resemble the St. George cross as a mean of depicting the country's British heritage. It uses Australia's national colours, plus white which provides a smoother transition between the yellow and green.[23]
2017 Under the Southern Cross Flag The Under the Southern Cross (By Justin R Smith) flag reflects all of Australia's natural beauty. Australia's official flora is represented in the colours green and gold. The Golden Wattle, which is Australia's National flower. Australia's official fauna is represented by a Kangaroo. The Kangaroo is white to symbolise peace. The Southern Cross constellation represents Australia's position on Earth as being in the Southern Hemisphere. Each star has 8 points instead of 7 except for the centre star (Epsilon Crucis) which has 5 points. The 8-pointed stars represent the unity of the states and territories.
2018 Australian Commonwealth Flag This design was first proposed in 1956 by the Republican Socialist League[24] and is based on the Commonwealth Star replacing the Union Jack, and puts the Australian Commonwealth in the primary position.

2019 Proposed Australian Republic or Commonwealth Flags
by Arthur Hibbert
These national flag designs are structured on the flat arid landscape of the red centre. Sun, stars, red earth and a little greenery. They incorporate the historical Southern Cross or “Crux Australis” and the colours of the Red and Blue ensigns adopted in 1901. The horizon line symbolises infrastructure. The official dominant colour wattle gold and sedentary green are featured on a few flags. Some designs also have a red kangaroo, like the Air force ensign.

The structure is a symmetrical two-part horizontal design with a central motif like the indigenous flag to acknowledge Aboriginal culture, (diversity and equality) generally.

State and territory flags have a similar structure with the state or territory colours. ADF flags are also symmetrical with a central roundel. The coats of arms feature native plants and animals. The national, state or territory flag is displayed on the shield.[25]

Sporting flags

2013– Proposed Australian sporting flag (from Ausflag)[26] The Southern Cross on a blue field with two vertical bands (green and gold) on the left edge.

See also


  1. "Sporting the flag that really matters, a Eureka moment". The Age. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. Onken, Annika (2009). Issues in Australian Studies: National Identity. GRIN Verlag. p. 4. ISBN 3640474287.
  3. "The Herald Federal Flag (1900)". ANFA. Australian National Flag Association. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. "A New Flag for Australia?". Flags Australia. Flag Society of Australia. 2012.
  5. "Reconciliation Flag". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. "Inspiration". The Sunburnt Flag. Stephen Berry. 2016. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  7. "A New Design for a Future Australian Flag". crm911. Ashok Nallawalla. 1998.
  8. "Design Number 200415541". IP Australia.
  9. "Design Number 200415542". IP Australia.
  10. "Design Number 200510454". IP Australia.
  11. "New Australian Flag... Version 4". Edward R. Cattoni.
  12. "Design Number 200415426 for the generic design". IP Australia.
  13. Pearlman, Jonathan (27 January 2013). "New flag proposed for Australia". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK.
  14. "Design Number 201410388". IP Australia. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  15. "Southern Horizon Flag". Facebook. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  16. "New Australian Flag with Boomerang". Edward R. Cattoni.
  17. "Golden Commonwealth". Facebook. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  18. "The Golden Wattle flag".
  19. "New Australian Flag? (For a Reconciled Republic)". Medium. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  20. "Natural Colours of Australia". Facebook.
  21. "A New Flag For Australia". The Unity Flag.
  22. "Golden Banner". Wikimedia Commons.
  23. "Eureka Australis". Wikimedia Commons.
  24. "New Flag Designs".
  25. Hibbert, Arthur (2018). "The Southern Cross Landscapes: An Alternative National Flag for Australia".
  26. "Ausflag unveils new Aussie flag to be used at sporting events". 27 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
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