In May 2011, funding was provided for the design and construction of a national memorial in Canberra to honour and pay tribute to working Australians who have died as a result of work-related accidents, incidents and disease.
The National Workers Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of work health and safety and the need for a determined and continued effort by all to prevent work-related accidents and disease. It is also a place to reflect on the evolving values, ideas and aspirations of the Australian community in relation to work health and safety.
The Memorial provides a place for visitors to lay a tribute for a loved one, a location to pause and reflect within earshot of the National Carillon’s bells, as well as allowing a space for congregation, interaction and ceremony.
The National Workers Memorial was officially opened on 28 April 2013 and provides an important focal point for the commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day, recognised internationally on 28 April each year.