ACT Legislative Assembly

Inquiry into Territory Coat of Arms

The Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services invites submissions to its inquiry into a Territory Coat of Arms.

The ACT is the only Australian State or Territory without a coat of arms.  The familiar coat of arms with a black swan and a white swan, which is currently used to represent our jurisdiction, actually represents the City of Canberra.

On 29 November 2018 the Assembly asked the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services to inquire into a separate Territory Coat of Arms.

The Committee has now familiarised itself with the conventions surrounding the design of coats of arms, and invites written submissions until 21 April 2019.  The Committee is particularly interested in hearing a range of views on two questions:

  1. Whether there should be a Coat of Arms for the Australian Capital Territory (in addition to the Canberra City Coat of Arms).
  2. What symbols might be included in the design of an ACT Coat of Arms.

When suggesting images and symbols, the Committee invites people to describe how they are significant to or representative of the people, history or landscape of the ACT.

In May 2019 the Committee intends to invite further community input to the inquiry through an online survey.

Please spread the word

The Committee wishes to gather a wide range of views, and would like this information to reach as many people as possible.  We would be grateful if you could pass this email to any people or organisations you think may be interested.  If you produce a newsletter, please include this information in your publication.

Make a submission

Information about how to make a submission is available at:

Please note that submissions are generally published on the Committee website, and are affected by parliamentary privilege.  For more information about this, please read the Guide to Making a Submission:

The closing date for submissions is 21 April 2019. However, if you will have difficulty meeting this date, please inform the Secretary of your intention to make a submission and request an extension.

Submissions should be sent to:

The Committee prefers submissions to be lodged electronically (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable.  All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number.  Personal contact details will not be published.

Further information

For more information, contact the Committee Secretary, Brianna McGill ( or 6205 0124).

At its meeting on Thursday, 29 November 2018, the Assembly passed the following resolution:

"That the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services:

(1) further consider, and consult with the community on, a new Territory Coat of Arms; and

(2) report back to the Assembly by 6 June 2019.".

Media release - Should there be a Territory Coat of Arms (21 March 2019) PDF (382.7 KB)


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