1-7 August 2021

In 1982, Perth man Tony Jones went missing from Townsville, Queensland. In 1988, after an incredible display of commitment from his brother Brian and cousin Garrett, and with the encouragement of media icon Ita Buttrose, they called for the first week of August every year to be dedicated to highlighting missing Australians.

National Missing Persons Week (NMPW) is a vital opportunity for families of missing Australians to both remind the public of their loved one, and to give an important insight into the breadth of complexities they face in their absence.

This year, we are calling on the Australian Government to officially recognise the week. Acknowledgement like this would be an important step in recognising the magnitude of this community issue, and addressing the practical and emotional needs for those left behind.

Please take a moment to sign this Parliament of Australia petition before 12 August, that will then be tabled in the House of Representatives and assigned to the appropriate minister for consideration. 


We are forever indebted to the Jones family for creating this important legacy for Tony; many families all over the world are still lobbying for their own national equivalent.