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The Commonwealth Coat of Arms is the official name of the coat of arms of Australia, which is, basically, the Australian Government logo.

Meaning and history

Australian Government Logo history


Australian Government Logo 1908

The country received its original coat of arms from King Edward VII. It looked by far plainer than the following version, although it still had multiple details. In the center, you could see a shield in white and blue housing the cross of St George. Also, there were five six-pointed white stars and six smaller shields.
One more star, this time with seven points, could be seen above the shield. It was the so-called star of the Federation. To the left of the shield, there was a kangaroo, while to the right, an emu could be seen. Eventually, there was a white banner housing the lettering “Advance Australia.”


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The second version was granted by King George V. It was more intricate and by far more difficult to decipher than the original. Nevertheless, the structure remained unchanged.
The shield in the middle (escutcheon) now comprises six smaller shields, each with an independent coat of arms. The reason why the country needed a new coat of arms was that the previous one did not represent the states.
The escutcheon comprises the following logos:

  • coat of arms of New South Wales (the cross of St. George housing four seven-pointed gold stars and a gold lion in the very center)
  • coat of arms of Victoria (St Edward’s Crown and Southern Cross – this part is dominated by dark blue mimicking the color of the night sky)
  • coat of arms of Queensland (the combination of a blue Maltese cross and St Edward’s Crown, which is placed right in the middle of the cross. The background is white)
  • coat of arms of South Australia (the Australian piping shrike, the emblematic bird that appears on the state’s flag. The background is yellow)
  • coat of arms of Western Australia (a black swan, which is a waterbird, whose habitat includes the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The background is yellow)
  • coat of arms Tasmania (a red lion over the white background)

The kangaroo and the emu remain prominent figures on this version of the Australian Government logo. They look more true-to-life here.


The banner in the lower part of the logo features the lettering “Australia” in a refined and old-fashioned sans serif typeface.


The country’s official colors are green and gold. While various shades of gold dominate the design, green can hardly be seen there.