The two most prominent colours are green and gold, our distinctive national colours. The gold represents our land and all its inhabitants; gold is the colour of our harsh deserts and iconic beaches, and the glaring sun that bathes them and all of us. The black ribbon represents our indigenous cultures and peoples, true owners and custodians of our land in past, present, and future. The green field represents peace, progress, and prosperity. The arching shape of the lower portion represents Australia’s people actively aspiring towards these values. It also resembles the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an iconic national landmark. The device of the white Commonwealth Star in the dark blue circle recalls our legacy national flag and is a symbol of our Federation. With its points, the star represents all our states and territories; as a whole it represents our laws and systems of government.