Updated: July 25, 2012

Australia’s tradies: they build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing, and so much more. They are the backbone of our country — and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition according to IRWIN® Tools, a world-class manufacturer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories.

IRWIN invites the country to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Friday, September 21, 2012.

This day will focus the nation’s attention on “The Hands that Build Australia” and will include celebrations, recognition events, and activities across the country.

To make a start we’re giving people the chance to “Thank a Tradie” by putting them in the draw to win $10,000, as well as weekly prizes of $500 worth of IRWIN Tools. If you know of a tradie (a workmate, someone who’s done work on your house or car, your boss or employee, or even yourself), visit and follow the links to nominate this person, telling us what makes them great.

“Tradies are what keep Australia ticking,” said Laura Turnbull, Marketing Director for IRWIN Tools APAC.

“We invite everyone to be a part of ‘National Tradesmen Day,’ to show our appreciation to the men and women who contribute to our lives in so many ways.

“We hope that by focusing attention on professional tradesmen on this and every day, we will recognise the role that they play each and every day.

“Each of us should thank the skilled workers who work with their hands to build Australia and keep it running strong. Whether through a national announcement, or a simple “Thanks”, we can show tradesmen that we appreciate their work.”