The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are of equal status at JCU.

The flags are commonly displayed with the Australian flag between the two. It does not matter which side of the Australian flag you place the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag. Further information about flag protocol can be found athttp://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf.


Australian Aboriginal flag

The Aboriginal flag always has the black half upward to the sky and the red half downwards. It was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, who is descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia. He holds intellectual property rights in the flag's design. The flag was originally designed for the land rights movement, and has become a symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia.

Mr Harold Thomas holds the copyright of the Aboriginal flag. Requests for permission to reproduce the flag should be addressed to him: PO Box 41807, CASUARINANT0810


Torres Strait Islander flag

The Torres Strait Islander flag is upright when the Dhari appears like downward horse shoe.

The Torres Strait Islander Flag was created as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islander peoples, designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island. It was the winning entry from a design competition held as part of a Cultural Revival Workshop, organised by The Islands Co-ordinating Council in January 1992. The flag was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992.

In July 1995, it was recognised by the Australian Government as an official 'Flag of Australia' under the Flags Act 1953.

The Torres Strait Island Regional Council holds copyright for the Torres Strait Islander flag. Requests for permission to reproduce the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be addressed to them.