About the Flag
The flag that flies on the mast is 12.8 x 6.4 metres
That is roughly the size of a double-decker bus.
Visitors are welcome to walk on the grass ramps covering the building.
The lift to the roof is marked on the floor plan in the Visitor Guide, which is available from the Information Desk in The Marble Foyer.
The flagmast is 81 metres tall
It marks the exact centre of Parliament House. It is made of polished stainless steel from Newcastle, New South Wales, and weighs more than 220 tonnes, making it one of the largest stainless steel structures in the world.
Pinnacle of Parliament House
The flag is looked after by the specially trained staff from the Department of Parliamentary Services.
Watch the video to learn about the flag and how the team take care of it.
“The best part of the job is when the school kids get to see a flag change and they are able to touch it and see how big it really is”
— Jason Carew, Parliament Maintenance Officer, Department of Parliamentary Services
The unifying symbol of the nation
The flag which rises from the centre of the complex, supported by the curved walls, is interpreted as the unifying symbol of the nation.
The flagmast structure will symbolically identify the ‘centre of the nation’. It will be an easily identifiable emblem for the Parliament and be visible from many points.
Joint Standing Committee on the New Parliament House — November 1986
The flag is flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning. The Commonwealth Flag Network provides half-masting messages and other nationally significant events announcements.