National missing persons coordination centre

National Missing Persons Week

National Missing Persons Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the significant issues associated with missing persons, and help 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:

  • 1997/1998: Help unravel the mystery
  • 1999: Put yourself back in the picture
  • 2000: If you’re missing, someone is missing you
  • 2001: Somewhere, someone is thinking about you
  • 2002: Find a way to say you’re ok
  • 2003: PLEaS (Prevention, Location, Education, and Support) principles
  • 2004: Missing: the right to know
  • 2005: Talk, please, don't walk
  • 2006: Life is a puzzle. Every piece is important
  • 2007: How do you find someone when they struggle to find themselves?
  • 2008: Don’t close the door to communication: When communication goes missing, so does our youth.
  • 2009: Not knowing is like living in darkness
  • 2010: When someone goes missing, a day spent waiting is a day lost
  • 2011: When someone goes missing, more than one person is lost
  • 2012: Take the time to let someone know
  • 2013: See the signs before they disappear
  • 2014: Dementia and missing persons
  • 2015: Follow your instincts
  • 2016: Stay connected

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

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