Purpose of this policy

To ensure schools conduct patriotic ceremonies appropriately.


Schools must:

  • hold ceremonies for students to acknowledge their roles as citizens of Australia:
    • at intervals and with content determined by the school council in accordance with Ministerial guidelines
    • using the Australian National Flag.
  • not compel students to recite a declaration or take part in a ceremony if the student or parents/guardians object based on religious, cultural, philosophical or other beliefs.

Key considerations

This table describes key considerations for schools when conducting patriotic ceremonies (in addition to the policy outlined above).

Element Considerations


Ceremonies should celebrate:

  • student roles as:
    - Australian citizens
    - members of the community
  • cultural diversity in Australia.

Ceremony inclusions

Ceremonies should include:

  • singing the Australian National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair
  • acknowledging the symbolic importance of the Australian National Flag alongside other flags including the:
    - Australian Aboriginal Flag
    - Torres Strait Islander Flag.

Ceremonies may include:

  • student recital of a declaration, such as:
    - Australian Oath of Allegiance
    - Australian Affirmation of Allegiance
    - an oath devised by the school council expressing ideals of citizenship and celebrating cultural diversity.


School council should:

  • approve the form, declaration and frequency of patriotic ceremonies
  • consider the diversity of cultures and beliefs in the school community
  • ensure that all students can participate in the patriotic ceremony.


Patriotic ceremonies should be discussed with students annually to enhance their understanding.

ANZAC and Remembrance Day

Schools should commemorate:

  • ANZAC Day, 25 April
  • Remembrance Day, 11 November.


Related policies

Related legislation

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006