What is Thank a First Responder Day?

Thank a First Responder Day is a day to show our gratitude to those who keep us safe.

Our aim is to involve every Australian in saying thanks. We want to boost the wellbeing of first responders by creating a clear and resounding voice of gratitude.

Thank a First Responder Day is held on the second Wednesday in June each year.


How to get involved

Share a message

Post a message on your social media using the hashtags #FirstResponderDay #PowerOfThanks #TAFRD. Public posts will appear on the Gratitude Gallery. Ready-to-use social media tiles are available on the Resources page.

Host an event

Celebrate our first responders and say thank you by hosting an event at your workplace, school or with your community group. Help raise awareness and funds to support first responder mental health and wellbeing. To find out more, visit our Host an event page.

Get creative

Find your own way to say thank you to our first responders and their families. Write a letter or poem to our first responders, create a video with a group, draw or paint a picture. Activity sheets for children are available on the Educational materials page. Share your creations on social media using the hashtags.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

– Dr. William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), author, educator, and motivational speaker.