Find and add the Australian National flag, Aboriginal flag and other Aussie ensigns into Office documents, Word, Excel or PowerPoint, then use some Office picture tools to enhance the image.
The same help can be used for any other national flag, just look for a different source.
Get the Australian Flag Image
There are many, many copies of the Australian flag available. We’ve opted for the Wikipedia site because it has an SVG scalable version (preferred) and PNG versions for older MS Office and other programs.
SVG graphics are supported by Microsoft 365 and Office 2019. They maintain high quality regardless of resizing.
Go to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Australia.svg . Below the image are a choice of images to download – right-click and choose ‘Save link as…’ (or similar depending on browser).
For Office 365/2019 choose ‘Original file’ which is the SVG version.
Otherwise choose one of the ‘PNG preview’ options. Select a resolution larger than what you’ll need in your document.
An alternative source is the Office image search at Insert | Online pictures. It gives you many variations to choose from, though not necessarily the current version of the flag. The first image (top left) is from Wikipedia but it’s not the preferred SVG graphic.
Click the funnel icon to filter the search.
Aussie flag colours
The specific colours in the flag are useful to know when designing a document, worksheet or slide. Use these settings for complementary or contrasting design elements. These are the RGB and Web Hex colour codes.
Blue: 0, 0,139 #00008B or #000099
Red: 255,0,0 #FF0000
White: 255,255,255 #FFFFFF
National Flag Protocol
Most of the protocols around use of the Australian flag apply only to flying a physical flag, not using a representation of it in other contexts. You are even allowed to use it for commercial purposes without permission, as long as you follow some guidelines:
- It should be used in a dignified manner and reproduced completely and accurately.
- The image of the flag should not be covered with other words, illustrations or objects.
- All symbolic parts of the flag, such as the Union Jack, the Southern Cross and the Federation Star, must be identifiable.
For more information and advice about commercial use of the flag, refer to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. They also have some downloadable Australian flag images and template files that you can use. The vector version is EPS, so the Wikipedia SVG is better for Office and web uses. Design nerds might be interested in the flag template which has the exact specs to recreate the flag.
The strong and striking Aboriginal Flag is both copyright (Harold Thomas the designer) and is listed under the Australian Flags Act. It has the same legal protections as the Aussie National Flag but, unlike the National Flag, can’t be used commercially without permission.
Like the National Flag, there’s a good SVG version on Wikipedia with PNG versions also available.
RGB and Web colour codes are:
Red: 204, 0, 0 #CC0000
Yellow: 255,255, 0 #FFFF00
Black: 0,0,0 #000000
Other Aussie flags
Insert Australian Flag to Word, PowerPoint or Excel
Once the flag image is saved to your computer, it’s the usual process to insert into a document. Go to Insert | Pictures, and choose the image you just downloaded.
In Office, you can resize and position the image just like any other.
Once you have the image in Office, all the usual Office Graphic or Picture Format options are available. Note that if you are using an SVG file, you will have a Graphics Options tab on the ribbon, when you click on the image, whereas if you are using another image format, it will say Picture Format.
Some of the Graphics Effects like Shadow, Reflection and Bevel add a little visual interest without distorting the flag to a level that might offend.
For a nice little shadow effect, try Graphics Effects | Shadow | Outer which adds a little ‘shadow’ to the right and bottom of the image.
Reflection is another way to add a little effect to an image.
Soft edges is another choice.
Beyond these choices there are many more available, especially if you’re using an SVG. Graphics Fill or Graphics Outline can change the colours of an image.