What do you think of when you see the red cross? Most Australians say health care or medical assistance. But this is a misconception. In armed conflict, the red cross, red crescent and red crystal mean 'don't shoot!' The person, building, vehicle or equipment displaying the emblem is not part of the fight, but is providing humanitarian assistance.
Misuse of the emblem in peacetime diminishes its protective power when it is most needed: in times of war.
You can help by avoiding (and reporting) misuse of the emblem in Australia. Email email@example.com.
For more information see our Guide to emblem use.