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National Workers Memorial and Honour Roll

The National Workers Memorial and Honour Roll pay tribute to working Australians who have died as a result of work-related accidents, incidents and disease.

See Honour Roll inductees

National Workers Memorial and Honour Roll

The National Workers Memorial and Honour Roll pay tribute to working Australians who have died as a result of work-related accidents, incidents and disease.

See Honour Roll inductees

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Introduction to the National Workers Memorial

The National Workers Memorial pays tribute to working Australians who have died as a result of work-related accidents, incidents and disease and recognises the vital contribution and achievement of Australian workers to the building of this nation. The memorial also serves as a poignant reminder of the need for sustained and concerted effort to achieve work health and safety in the Australia.

The memorial is located on the land of the Ngunnawal People, Ngunnawal Country, at the southern end of Wendouree Drive near Kings Avenue Bridge in Kings Park, across from the National Carillon and Aspen Island. The 'Workers' Glade' design of the memorial comprises 8 stone columns positioned to reflect the outline of Australia. Crafted from stone sourced from every state and territory in Australia, the columns symbolise the communities, families and workers of each region.

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Concentric ripples radiate from the columns to form a public plaza. This ripple effect acknowledges the profound impact work-related loss has on communities and families. Engraved within the ripples are reflections, values and action statements related to loss, learning and our collective commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace.

The memorial is a place to reflect on the contribution and sacrifice Australians have made in the country's development, and provides an important focal point for Workers' Memorial Day, recognised internationally on 28 April each year. Consistent with the commemorative intent of the memorial, the names of those who have lost their lives due to work-related accidents, incidents or disease are published on the voluntary Honour Roll.

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Register an individual

Do you know someone who has lost their life due to a work-related accident, incident and disease? Register an individual to be inducted into the National Workers Memorial Honour Roll.
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Plan a visit

Visitors are invited to pick a sprig of rosemary to make a tribute at the memorial.
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Gallery

Explore our virtual gallery to see how the memorial was designed and constructed.
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Workers' Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated internationally on 28 April each year.

Acknowledgement of Country

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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of Australia and pay our respects to Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the ongoing connection to land, sea and communities throughout Australia, and the contributions to the lives of all Australians.