Australian state and territory colours

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In Australia, state and territory colours are frequently part of a state or territory's set of state symbols.

Some states have formally adopted a set of colours as their official "state colours" while others have de facto state colours that have become well-known through popular use. State colours often appear on a variety of different media, from the state's flag to the colours used in sports. In particular the Sheffield Shield team caps popularised the usage of single colours to represent each state. The colours of state schools have been synonymous with states, whereby you find Queensland Public Schools are primarily Maroon, New South Wales Public Schools are primarily Sky Blue, and Western Australian Public Schools are Bottle Green. This does not come without exception however.

State/Territory Flag Primary colours Secondary colours Further information
ACT Australian Capital Territory           Blue and gold[1] see ACT Brumbies
New South Wales New South Wales      Sky blue[2]      White see New South Wales rugby league team, Sydney FC
Northern Territory Northern Territory                Black, white and ochre[3] see Northern Territory Football Club
Queensland Queensland      Maroon[4]      Gold see Queensland rugby league team
South Australia South Australia                Red, gold and Blue[5] see South Australia Croweaters, Adelaide United
Tasmania Tasmania                Bottle green, yellow and maroon[6][7] see Tasmanian Tigers
Victoria Victoria (Australia)      Navy blue[8]           White and Silver see Victoria Big V, Melbourne Victory
Western Australia Western Australia           Gold and black see Western Australia Sandgropers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ACT Flags and Emblems". ACT Government Chief Minister's Department.
  2. ^ Symbols and emblems of NSW Archived 2010-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Northern Territory Flag". Department of the Chief Minister. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08.
  4. ^ "State colour". Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
  5. ^ "State Emblems and Insignia". Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2016-09-09., Government of South Australia
  6. ^ Department of Premier and Cabinet - TASMANIA : Sporting colours
  7. ^ "Tasmanian Sporting Colours - Story of their Origin". The Mercury. 13 February 1925.
  8. ^ "Ensigns of Public Authority". Department of Premier and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2019-05-30.