The Big Day Off 2016

Score a paid day off work and support Australians with spinal cord injuries.

Businesses: Register

Let’s face it, as business leaders we deal with planned and unplanned absence every day. Signing your business up for the Big Day Off is a great way to reward your staff and give back to your community.

Employees: Buy Tickets

Join your team for a chance to win an extra day off work to do whatever you want. Tickets are just $5 each and the more you buy, the more chances you have to win!. The best part is, you’ll be helping raise money for spinal injury research and care.

Donate Here

If you can’t participate this year but would still like to support the Big Day Off, you can make a donation here.


What is the Big Day Off? Pre Promote

How does a paid day off work sound?
That’s exactly what you can win with the Big Day Off.
Your day, your work, all play!

Registrations Are Now Open

How does the Big Day Off work?


Step 1

Register Your Business
Nominate A Boss

The boss registers online and chooses how many days off they will be giving away.

They’ll be given a unique code you’ll need for step 2.

Your manager will also be emailed posters with your code to print out and put up around your workplace.


Step 2

Buy Tickets

You and people you work with buy online raffle tickets to win the days off that your manager has put up. You do this using the unique code your manager was given.

Tickets are $5 each and all money raised goes to help the 10 000+ Australians with a spinal injury.


Step 3

On July 1st, you’ll get an email letting you know if you’re a Big Day Off winner.

If you’ve won, have a chat to your manager and work out when you’ll take your Big Day Off.

If you didn’t win, you still managed to support those living with spinal injuries. Well done!


Can’t Participate?

If you can’t participate this year but would still like to support the Big Day Off, you can make a one time donation.

Donate Here



About the Big Day Off

A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone
Most happen to people under the age of 35

About The Big Day Off

The Big Day Off is a team effort between businesses and employees that raises money and awareness for those impacted by spinal injury. When businesses sign up, their staff can buy an entry in the draw to win a Big Day Off from their workplace. It’s a way for us all to support a great cause in a fun and unique way.

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How will you spend your big day off?

James’ Story

20 year old James is country footballer and physiotherapy student who sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a routine collision with an opponent. He is the inspiration behind The Big Day Off and a daily inspiration to us all.

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  • 1 week ago by Big Day Off

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    Wednesday night, a potentially life changing project for all Australians with spinal cord injury was launched. Project Edge was launched by SpinalCure Australia, UTS: University of Technology Sydney, Professor V. Reggie Edgerton of UCLA and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. Project Edge will see a cutting edge neurostimulation research program established here in Australia to build on the successes of Prof Edgerton and his team at UCLA to achieve the best possible outcomes for people with SCI. We're incredibly excited to be involved in this project, in both a supportive and practical way through our NeuroMoves exercise services and the David Prast Fellowship. Follow the journey and join the conversation #edgeofrecovery.
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    David Crawford was injured working as a builder when a roof rafter he was walking across gave way. He one of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia's Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week ambassadors raising awareness of spinal cord injury. "My work with SCIA’s Teamsafe program sees me travelling to worksites across the country to prevent others having an accident like my own. In my spare time I volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW, manning the radios to help sailors in distress" Read More: #SpinalCordInjuryAwarenessWeek #SCIAW #SpinalCordInjuriesAustralia #SCIA #SCIWeek #BDO #BigDayOff #SpinalCure
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    Cobie Moore was injured on Christmas Day when a balcony collapsed. She is one of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia's Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week ambassadors raising awareness of spinal cord injury. "I’m an illustrator and designer, passionate about creating attractive and well-designed assistive devices for people with a disability. I graduated with Honours in Design and Education and presented my thesis on the importance of the aesthetics of assistive devices at the Universal Design Conference" Read More: #SpinalCordInjuryAwarenessWeek #SCIAW #SpinalCordInjuriesAustralia #SCIA #SCIWeek #BDO #BigDayOff #SpinalCure
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  • 7 weeks ago by Big Day Off

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    We've had lots of nice stories come in about how people have spent their Big Day Off - Jo from Slater and Gordon Lawyers spent her day off volunteering at her children's school. Jo enjoyed her day out of the office on canteen duty, making lunches for the students and serving hungry canteen customers at recess time.
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  • 10 weeks ago by Big Day Off

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    The Big Day Off graces the front cover of the Newcastle Herald - thanks to prime placement of our logo on this Brad Jones Racing car, sponsored by McRae Motors!
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  • 12 weeks ago by Big Day Off

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    We've had some of our lucky Big Day Off winners from ASX let us know how they'll be spending their extra day off... Stephanie said, “I might spend my day off with my family.” Ivan said, "I’ll probably hold off until warm weather returns before deciding on how to use my day off!" Danielle said, “It will come in handy as I will need the time off for my wedding later this year!" If you also won a Big Day Off last week, how are you going to spend your day?
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    12 weeks ago Christine Ellis 1
    I am hoping to take my 4yr old to see his great grandmother for a weekend away who isn't well. Makes the trip just a bit longer to enjoy better!