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On Thursday, 19 April 1984, the Governor-General proclaimed Australia's Royal and National Anthems and the National Colours. Click here to view a copy of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S 142 dated 19 April 1984 detailing the proclamation. A transcript of the proclamation follows:


Commonwealth of

By His Excellency the
Governor-General of
the Commonwealth of
I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, hereby declare -
  1. that the anthem "God Save The Queen" shall henceforth be known as the Royal Anthem and be used in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen or a member of the Royal Family;

  2. that the National Anthem shall consist of the tune known as "Advance Australia Fair" with the following words:

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Listen to Advance Australia Fair
Royal Military College Band, Duntroon
  1. that the Vice-Regal Salute to be used in the presence of His Excellency The Governor-General shall consist of the first four bars and the last four bars of the tune known as "Advance Australia Fair";

  2. that the National Anthem shall be used on all official and ceremonial occasions, other than occasions on which either the Royal Anthem or the Vice-Regal Salute is used; and

  3. that green and gold (Pantone Matching System numbers 116C and 348C as used for printing on paper) shall be the national colours of Australia for use on all occasions on which such colours are customarily used.

(L.S.) GIVEN under my Hand and the Great Seal of Australia on 19 April 1984.
By His Excellency's Command,
Special Minister of State

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Words to "God Save The Queen"
Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Listen to God Save The Queen
The Band of the Blues and Royals

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Australia's National Colours

CAUTION: While the colours shown below have been derived from pantone generating software, the colours you see may not reflect the true pantone colour matching due to your computer video card system.

(Pantone 348C)
(Pantone 116C)

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Click here to see a copy of the actual Proclamation