Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community, and is held on the last Sunday of March each year.
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, held on the last Sunday of March every year.
It’s the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour, connect with new neighbours and feel part of your community.
Neighbour Day was founded by Andrew Heslop in Melbourne in March 2003 after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home. Andrew Heslop is a community activist, social commentator and well-known Australian. Mrs Elsie Brown had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbours, her friends and her family.
While Andrew did not know Mrs Brown he was appalled by the apparent ease in which the world had left her behind. Widespread local and national media interest followed and it was this coverage that prompted Andrew to suggest a ‘National Check on Your Neighbour Day’ in a Letter to the Editor of The Age in 2003.
The first ‘Neighbour Day’ was observed in 2003, and in January 2014 Andrew handed responsibility for Neighbour Day to Relationships Australia to continue to build and grow the initiative.
In 2019, Neighbour Day falls on Sunday 31 March. This year's theme is ‘loneliness – what neighbours can do to create connections’. Read more about the 2019 Neighbour Day theme and how you can get involved.
The five principal aims of Neighbour Day are to:
You can make your Neighbour Day as big or small as you’d like.It might involve a chat with the people next door, a cuppa with the neighbours on the farm over the road, or a barbecue with everyone in your street.
While Neighbour Day is officially held on the last Sunday in March each year, the ethos and principles of Neighbour Day can be celebrated all year. Start talking to your Neighbours to help create the community you want to live in. Neighbour Day - the community you want starts at your front door.
Visit the offical Neighbour Day website for more information, to register your event and to download a free resources to help celebrate Neighbour Day.