National Missing Persons Week

National Missing Persons Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the significant issues associated with missing persons, and to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia.

The disappearance of Tony Jones in 1982 was the catalyst for the establishment of Missing Persons Week in Australia. The inaugural week took place with a memorial service in Townsville in 1988, where the Mayor of Townsville planted a tree in commemoration of Mr Jones.

National Missing Persons Week is now held every year in Australia in the first week of August. Along with a national media campaign, now led by the NMPCC in support of State and Territory police, events and memorial services are held across the country to highlight the plight of missing persons and their families and friends.

Previous National Missing Persons Week campaigns:

National Missing Persons Week 2016 will be held from 31 July-6 August.