Australian Flag in a procession

In a line of flags carried in single file, the Australian National Flag should always lead.
Flags are carried so that the right hand of the carrier is above the left hand.

In a line of flags carried abreast, it is preferable to have an Australian National Flag carried at each end of the line.

If, however, only one Australian National Flag is available, the following applies:

  • If there is an odd number of flags, the Australian National Flag should be carried in the centre of the line.
  •  The flag next highest in order of precedence should be flown to the left of the Australian National Flag (as seen by a viewer facing the flag bearers), the next ranking flag to the right of the Australian National Flag and so on.
  •  If there is an even number of flags, the Australian National Flag should be carried on the right-hand end of the line facing the direction of movement (that is, the left end of the line as viewed by a person facing the flags).

Lowering the Australian National Flag in a procession
The Australian National Flag should not be lowered as a form of salute, even when it is appropriate for other flags or ensigns being carried in a procession to be lowered as a form of salute.