National colours of Australia

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Green Gold Sources
Pantone 348 C 116 C [1][2]
CMYK 100%–0%–54%–48% 0%–20%–100%–0% [2]

The national colours of Australia are green and gold.[1] They were formally adopted by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephen, on 19 April 1984 in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette; on advice from Prime Minister Bob Hawke.[3]

The gold colour represents the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), which is Australia's national flower. The uniforms of Australia's national sports teams are usually green and gold.[4] The golden wattle flower, and the colours green and gold, are also featured on the Coat of arms of Australia.

The Australian government states that, to be used correctly, the colours are placed side-by-side, with no other colour between them. The exact green and gold colours are specified as Pantone Matching System numbers 348C and 116C.[1] The colours are always referred to as 'green and gold'.

Other colour combinations have been used to represent Australia:[1]

1908–1928, 1963, 2008, 2014

According to the Australian government, "green and gold have been popularly embraced as Australia’s national sporting colours" since the late 1800s.[1] Nearly every current Australian national sports team wears them (although the hues and proportions of the colours may vary between teams and across eras).[citation needed] Australia's cricket team first wore the colours in 1899, in the form of the baggy green, the cap presented to Australian cricket players.[5]


The first Australian national sporting team to wear green and gold was the Australian cricket team that toured England in 1899. Their clothes were the traditional white, but the captain Joe Darling arranged for green and gold caps and blazers to be worn for the opening match of the Ashes series. Previously, the team had had no uniform cap or blazer colours but wore an assortment of club or state colours.[6] The Australian cricket team continued to use the colours thereafter, and in 1908 the colours were ratified as the official team colours for future Australian cricket teams. During subsequent discussions by members of the New South Wales Cricket Association, the colours were reportedly referred to as "gum-tree green" and "wattle-gold". Australian national colours have switched between green and blue often throughout history causing some Australians to confuse the two.

The Australasian Olympic team adopted "green and wattle" in 1908, but not every team played in the colours. In the 1912 Olympics, an official Australian uniform was adopted for the first time: green vests with gold trimming, and white shorts with green and gold trimming.

Of the football codes, the Australian national soccer team first wore green and gold in 1924 with the Australian national rugby league team and Australia national rugby union team following in 1928 and 1929 respectively.[7][8][9]


Australian marathon runners wearing green and gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Sports teams[edit]

Teams that wear the green and gold include:

Since 1961, the Wallabies have worn a gold jersey with green lettering and trim; they changed from a primarily green jersey to avoid a colour clash with the Springboks of South Africa.

Companies and organisations[edit]

From around 1981 the colours were also used in the livery of the government railway body Australian National, formed by the 1970s merger of Commonwealth Railways with the state-run South Australian Railways and Tasmanian Government Railways. Australian National was privatised in 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. "Australian National Colours". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Australian Government – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 1 March 2023. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Australia. (2002). Style manual for authors, editors and printers. Snooks & Co. (6th ed.). Canberra: John Wiley & Sons Australia. p. 301. ISBN 9780701636487. OCLC 49316140.
  3. ^ Australia. (2002). Style manual for authors, editors and printers. Snooks & Co. (6th ed.). Canberra: John Wiley & Sons Australia. p. 300. ISBN 9780701636487. OCLC 49316140.
  4. ^ Australian Citizenship: Our common bond (PDF). Belconnen: National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Commonwealth of Australia. 2014. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ "History behind sporting colours uncovered". The National Sports Museum. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ The Weekend Australian, 30–31 December 2000, p. 17
  7. ^ "To-day's Diary – Fashion and the Game". Evening News. 10 May 1924. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. ^ Fagan, Sean. "To Wattle Gold and Gum Green Jerseys". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  9. ^ "History of Rugby". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Wizards of aus". Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Home".
  12. ^ "Home".
  13. ^ "Australia's most successful ISDE".

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