The Torres Strait Islander flag symbolises the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders.
Design & meaning
The Torres Strait Islander Flag is attributed to the late Bernard Namok of Thursday Island. His flag was the winning entry in a design competition run by the Island Coordinating Council (ICC), a Queensland statutory body representing the Community Councils in the Torres Strait.
The flag was adopted at its Council meeting on 24 March 1992.
The flag features a white Dhari (traditional headdress), with a five-pointed white star beneath it.
The Dhari is a symbol of Torres Strait Islanders and is used in cultural ceremony and dance.
The white five-pointed star symbolises peace, and the navigational importance of stars to the seafaring people of the Torres Strait.
The five-pointed star also represents the five distinct language and cultural groups of the region. The five island groups are:
The deep green stripe represents the land, the black stripe is for the people, and the blue is the colour of our seas.
The flag was officially recognised and presented to the people of Torres Strait on 29 May 1992 at the sixth "Torres Strait Cultural Festival".
In the same year, it was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and given equal prominence with the Australian Aboriginal Flag.
The Federal Government initiated steps in 1994 to give the flag legal recognition. After a period of public consultation, the Government decided in July 1995 that the flag should be proclaimed a “Flag of Australia” under section 5 of the Flags Act 1953. The flag was proclaimed by the Governor General of Australia, William Hayden, on 14 July 1995.
We and our 15 communities own the copyright of the Torres Strait Islander Flag.
We give permission for requests to reproduce the Torres Strait Islander Flag subject only under the following conditions:
To request permission to reproduce the Torres Strait Islander Flag, contact us.
Allow 10 business days for your request to be processed.
You do not need permission to fly the Torres Strait Islander flag. But, if you have any questions about how and when to display the flag, contact the below.Commonwealth Flag Officer Awards and National Symbols Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 3-5 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6271 5629