The Australian coat of arms was originally granted in 1908 by King Edward VII, and then granted again in 1912 by King George V. Two animals found only on the continent support the shield: an Emu and a red Kangaroo. Neither animal can walk backwards, which means they symbolize progress.
A shield in the middle of the Australian coat of arms contains the badges of the Australian states. The bottom part shows South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania. The top part depicts New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.
The background is a floral wreath known as the Golden Wattle. A star is located at the top of the Australian coat of arms, and a banner is located at the bottom with the nations named printed on it.