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Introduction


The wattle is our only authentic national symbol – totally, unambiguously of this land. It is not conflicted or qualified in its identity or loyalty. It is eloquently, elegantly and undoubtedly Australian.

Terry Fewtrell
President, Wattle Day Association

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Introduction


The wattle is our only authentic national symbol – totally, unambiguously of this land. It is not conflicted or qualified in its identity or loyalty. It is eloquently, elegantly and undoubtedly Australian.

Terry Fewtrell
President, Wattle Day Association

A proposal for a new Australian Flag

The Golden Wattle Flag is designed to be a ‘new’ symbol that expresses our Australian identity.

Over the last three decades, there have been many design proposals put forward for a new Australian flag. Most incorporate familiar symbols such as the Southern Cross, Commonwealth Star and kangaroo. 

Much like the wattle, these symbols are some of our most enduring national emblems and will always be part of our collective identity. 

The Golden Wattle Flag finds inspiration in these symbols, drawing them in conceptually and concretely, to build on the story of who we are as a nation and a people.

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Golden Wattle Flag


Golden Wattle Flag


The Golden Wattle Flag was designed to communicate a primary story of unity, and to celebrate the natural beauty of our land that unites us all.

 

The Golden Wattle Flag

The Golden Wattle Flag is a symbol of our nation’s diversity and aspirations of unity. It represents all the people of Australia, without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion, united equally as one.
“We are one, but we are many”.

Wattle star emblem
The wattle star emblem represents seven stylised wattle blossoms arranged around the Commonwealth Star. Two national symbols combined as one emblem. 

The golden wattle is one of our most enduring national symbols – it has been part of Aboriginal and Islander culture for thousands of years, it's the inspiration behind our national colours, green and gold, and is the official floral emblem of Australia.

The Commonwealth Star has been the emblem of Australian Federation since 1901. It is the only symbol found on the current flag that is uniquely Australian.

 

Colour
The national colours of Australia are green and gold. They were derived from the palette of the golden wattle and eucalypt. 

As a symbol of our land and unique flora, green and gold represent Australia much more uniquely than red, white and blue ever could, that’s why green and gold have been used by our national sporting teams since 1899. The shade of green used on the Golden Wattle Flag is dark myrtle, known in Australia as 'baggy green'.

Most nations use their national colours on their national flag.

The central yellow emblem also provides an important visual connection to the yellow sun on the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Dhari and star on the Torres Strait Islander Flag.

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Distinctly Australian


I wrote for her, I fought for her,
And when at last I lie,
Then who, to wear the wattle, has
A better right than I?

Henry Lawson

Distinctly Australian


I wrote for her, I fought for her,
And when at last I lie,
Then who, to wear the wattle, has
A better right than I?

Henry Lawson

Distinctly Australian

Australia stands apart in our diversity and uniqueness — in our culture, our peoples, our climate, our geography, our nature, our history.
Our flag should celebrate and represent the rich uniqueness of Australia.

 
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An emblem for Australia


An emblem for Australia


An emblem for Australia

The golden wattle

The golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is the official floral emblem of Australia. It has served as a national symbol celebrating Australia’s nature and environment since the 1820s. The wattle represents our land and its natural beauty, our shared history, our diversity and our resilience as a people.

Wattle as a symbol also holds meaning for Aboriginal and Islander peoples because it is native to this place, rather than being a memorial of our ties with Great Britain. As a symbol of nature, it represents the depth of feeling and connection to country Aboriginal and Islander peoples have with this land.

Learn more Why the wattle? 

Commonwealth Star

The Commonwealth Star symbolises the Federation of Australia, when Australia’s six colonies or states became a nation under a single constitution on 1 January 1901.

The Commonwealth Star is the very symbol of Australia becoming a nation and the only symbol on the current flag that is uniquely Australian. It is found on our coat of arms, our currency, the badges of the Australian Defence Force and throughout the Australian Honours system.

 

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Representing First Australians


We are seeking a flag of unity and
healing under which all Australians
are represented equally. 

Gatjil Djerrkura

 

Representing First Australians


We are seeking a flag of unity and
healing under which all Australians
are represented equally. 

Gatjil Djerrkura

 

A unifying symbol

“As a living expression of our land, wattle links us to the earliest human occupation of this continent. Aboriginal and Islander peoples have used wattle for thousands of years as a season marker (a sign that the whales are coming), as a source of food, medicine and the raw material for hunting and sound instruments. That is part of wattle's wonderful heritage as a unifying symbol of our land, our people and the nation.” 

Terry Fewtrell
President, Wattle Day Association.

 

“Whatever our identity today is or has become, it is an identity that cannot be separated from Aboriginal Australia. For their fifty thousand years here has slaked the land with their resonances, their presence and their spirit. Our opportunity is to rejoice in their identity, and without attempting to appropriate or diminish it, fuse it with our own, making the whole richer.”

Hon Paul Keating

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Simplicity / Design


Flags matter.
They rally. They mobilize.
They represent.
A flag can embody and
affirm a community’s
ideals and values.
A flag can welcome,
console, honour, unify.

 

Simplicity / Design


Flags matter.
They rally. They mobilize.
They represent.
A flag can embody and
affirm a community’s
ideals and values.
A flag can welcome,
console, honour, unify.

 

The virtue of simplicity

Flags flap. Flags drape. Flags must be seen from a distance and from their opposite side, or remain legible as a small on-screen icon. Under these circumstances, only simple designs make effective flags.

Reference: Good Flag, Bad Flag Ted Kaye

 

The Golden Wattle Flag has the virtue of simplicity; it focuses on a single symbol, made of bold shapes, and two strong colours. The wattle star emblem remains legible when small or when reversed, as both sides of the flag are identical. It also creates a distinct graphic when furled.

Design specifications

The preferred ratio of the Golden Wattle Flag is 3:5, although the flag can also be proportioned to a ratio 2:3 and 1:2 if required.

The wattle emblem is positioned at the exact center and is 5/7ths of the height of the flag. 

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Blue and Gold


Wattle has been the silent witness
of the Australian story for millions
of years. It has welcomed us all,
indigenous, colonials and modern
day arrivals.

Terry Fewtrell
President, Wattle Day Association

Blue and Gold


Wattle has been the silent witness
of the Australian story for millions
of years. It has welcomed us all,
indigenous, colonials and modern
day arrivals.

Terry Fewtrell
President, Wattle Day Association

Blue and gold wattle

The Golden Wattle Flag also works when expressed in Australia’s traditional heraldic colours, blue and gold (yellow). Prior to 1984, blue and gold were considered the ‘unofficial’ national colours of Australia.

Yellow represents the wattle flower. Blue represents the sea which surrounds our ‘island continent’, or a yellow wattle seen against a rich blue Australian sky. 

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