Australian Flag Vs New Zealand Flag: 8 Major Differences You Need To Know

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 Australian Flag

The Australian flag came into being after the federation of the Australian states into the Commonwealth of Australian on 1 January 1901. The Commonwealth Blue Ensign was selected as a result of a public competition and gazette in 1903. Although, it was not given Royal assent and adopted as the definitive Australian flag until 1954 in the Flags Act 1953 (Act No 1 of 1954), which stipulates among other things that, the Australian Flag is based on the Blue Ensign of the United Kingdom, twice as long as it’s width and consists of a dark blue field that can notionally divide into four quadrants.

The current Australian Flag consist of three main elements on a blue background that is, the Union Jack, Southern Cross and the Commonwealth Star or Star of Federation. The union jack in the upper left corner represents the history of British government. Below the Union Jack is a white Commonwealth or Federation, star. It has seven points representing the unity of the six states and territories of the Commonwealth of Australia. The star is also featured on the commonwealth coat of Arms. The Southern Cross is shown on the flag in white. It is a constellation of five stars that can only be seen from the southern hemisphere and is a reminder of Australia’s geography.

Australian Flag

What You Need To Know About Australian Flag

  1. Australian flag was adopted on February 11, 1903.
  2. Australian flag has a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton or upper hoist quarter.
  3. The Australian flag has seven stars in total.
  4. Australian flag has a large seven-pointed star referred to as commonwealth star or the Federation star .The first six points represents the six federating units of Australia whereas the 7th point symbolizes the Papau and any other future territory.
  5. Australian flag has five white stars representing the Southern Cross in the half of the flag further from the staff.
  6. Union Jack of Australian Flag represents the historical origin of Australia as one Nation.
  7. Except for one small star, the other six stars on the Australian Flag are seven pointed-stars.
  8. Australian Flag features a large Commonwealth Star below the Union Flag representing the Symbol of Australia.

New Zealand Flag

New Zealand’s first flag, the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, was adopted in 1834, six years before New Zealand’s separation from New South Wales and creation as a separate colony following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. For several years, there have been thorough debates on whether to change or retain the New Zealand Flag colors. In 2016, two-stage binding referendum on a flag change took place with voting on the second final stage closing on 24th March. In this referendum, the country voted to keep the existing flag by 57% to 43%.

The Fag of New Zealand, also referred to as New Zealand Ensign, is based on the British maritime Blue Ensign- a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton or upper hoist corner- augmented or defaced with four red stars centered within four white stars, representing the Southern Cross constellation.

New Zealand Flag

What You Need To Know About New Zealand Flag

  1. New Zealand flag was adopted on March 24, 1902.
  2. The New Zealand flag has a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton or upper hoist quarter.
  3. The New Zealand flag has four stars in total.
  4. The four star pattern on the New Zealand flag represents the Southern Cross, symbolizing New Zealand’s location in South Pacific Ocean.
  5. The New Zealand flag has the Southern Cross portrayed with red stars with white boarders.
  6. The union Jack in New Zealand flag represents New Zealand’s past association with the British Empire.
  7. The New Zealand flag’s four stars are five pointed-stars.
  8. The New Zealand Flag does not have a Commonwealth star as is the case with the Australian Flag.

Difference Between Australian And New Zealand Flag In Tabular Form

BASIS OF COMPARISON AUSTRALIAN FLAG NEW ZEALAND FLAG
Adoption Australian flag was adopted on February 11, 1903.   New Zealand flag was adopted on March 24, 1902.  
Union Jack Australian flag has a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton or upper hoist quarter.   The New Zealand flag has a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton or upper hoist quarter.  
Number Of Stars The Australian flag has seven stars in total.   The New Zealand flag has four stars in total.  
Number Of Points On The Star & What They Represent Australian flag has a large seven-pointed star referred to as commonwealth star or the Federation star .The first six points represents the six federating units of Australia whereas the 7th point symbolizes the Papau and any other future territory.   The four star pattern on the New Zealand flag represents the Southern Cross, symbolizing New Zealand’s location in South Pacific Ocean.  
Southern Cross Australian flag has five white stars representing the Southern Cross in the half of the flag further from the staff.   The New Zealand flag has the Southern Cross portrayed with red stars with white boarders.  
Union Jack Union Jack of Australian Flag represents the historical origin of Australia as one Nation.   The union Jack in New Zealand flag represents New Zealand’s past association with the British Empire.  
Stars Except for one small star, the other six stars on the Australian Flag are seven pointed-stars.   The New Zealand flag’s four stars are five pointed-stars.  
Commonwealth Star Australian Flag features a large Commonwealth Star below the Union Flag representing the Symbol of Australia.   The New Zealand Flag does not have a Commonwealth star as is the case with the Australian Flag.