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Proclamations/Other as made
This Proclamation relates to the description of the Torres Strait Islander Flag.
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 30
Registered 25 Jan 2008
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-Feb-2008
Tabled Senate12-Feb-2008

Proclamation under the Flags Act 1953

I, PHILIP MICHAEL JEFFERY, Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council and noting the fact that the flag reproduced in Schedule 1 and described in Schedule 2 is recognised as the flag of the Torres Strait Islander people of Australia and a flag of significance to the Australian nation generally, appoint that flag, under section 5 of the Flags Act 1953, to be the flag of the Torres Strait Islander people of Australia and to be known as the Torres Strait Islander Flag with effect from 1 January 2008.

Signed and sealed with the
Great Seal of Australia
on 25 January 2008


By His Excellency’s Command


Cabinet Secretary

Schedule 1        Torres Strait Islander Flag







Schedule 2        Description of Torres Strait Islander Flag



The Torres Strait Islander Flag is divided horizontally into three stripes by thin black lines (symbolising the Torres Strait Islander people), the upper and lower stripes being green (symbolising the land) and the central stripe being blue (symbolising the sea).  Superimposed centrally on the blue stripe are a white dhari (a headdress, symbolising the Torres Strait Islander people) and, enclosed by it, a five‑pointed white star (symbolising both a star used for navigation by the Torres Strait Islander people and the 5 Torres Strait Islander groups, its colour symbolising peace).