How to fold a flag

This is a guide for the Australian flag. If you want a guide to folding the American one, search "How to fold a flag" on There's enough bloody sites to keep you going for a week.

Folding the Flag


To start, the flag must be upside down, - flat.

Fold lengthways once, then once again

Bring the two ends together

Now concertina by folding backwards and forwards…

Until it is neatly bundled

It is kept bundled by winding the rope under itself

Also, I found this nifty little bit of info on the flag, but then found out it was wrong. The accepted method of disposing of the Australian flag if owned by the military is to take it to a base (which I was stupid enough to forget the name of) and hang it in a case to fall apart on it's own. Here's the one that was wrong anyway, cos it's wierd -

Disposal of the Flag


When a flag becomes dilapidated and is no longer in a suitable condition for use, it should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning in secret.

I won't subject you to the horrible 'Waltzing Matilda' MIDI that looped constantly on the source site...