Australian Administrative Staff College

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Arms of Australian Administrative Staff College

Official blazon

Arms : Vert, three Piles reversed converging in chief Or, over all on a Chief Azure three Annulets interlaced fesswise Or.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours, an Escallop proper charged with a representation of the Constellation of the Southern Cross composed of five Mullets Argent.
Motto: 'Moondah'.


The arms were officially granted on October 10, 1967.

The green and gold strips refer to the diversity of participants in College Sessions, and are drawn in a perspective which suggests that they are going onward 'over the horizon', which is said to be the meaning of the aboriginal word 'Moondah'.

The colours are those often used for Australian enterprises, for example on the sporting field. Green is the chosen colour of the Administrative Staff College at Henley-on-Thames (UK), after which the college is formed.
The blue chief suggests the sea, and the three interlaced rings the idea of interdependence of the various parts of the community which the College serves.

The scallop shell is a familiar product of Port Phillip Bay where the college is located, and also a common heraldic device for pilgrims and crusaders, con­veying the notion of pioneer endeavour. Here it bears the Southern Cross.

Literature : Low, 1971