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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading global youth development program, providing opportunities for young Australians aged 14-24 to fulfil their personal passions and ambitions, and to connect with other people in their community.

Organisations that work directly with young people and can demonstrate that they are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment can apply to become an Award Centre to deliver The Duke of Ed.

By becoming an Award Centre, you are forming a partnership with the largest international pursuit of youth development in the world.

There are over 400 Award Centres across NSW. Award Centres can be:

  • Sporting clubs and associations
  • Schools, colleges or tertiary institutions
  • Community organisations 
  • Social clubs

Is my organisation suited to become an Award Centre?

First and foremost, any organisation considering becoming an Award Centre must demonstrate their commitment to ensuring a safe environment in which young people can undertake the Award.

The Award’s framework is adaptable and provides flexibility to align an Award Centre’s core values and objectives with Award Participant’s skills and capabilities. This means the Award can be adapted to support your organisation’s strategies and objectives.

The structure of the Award often complements programs and activities that various organisations already offer to young people, either directly or in partnership with local community. This provides a way of recognising and transforming programs and activities that your organisation may already offer, into the delivery of the Award without putting a strain on your existing resources.

How will becoming an Award Centre benefit staff and volunteers at my organisation?

The Award framework supports the growth and development of important skills for young people, as well as Award Centre staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers involved in the delivery of the Award can build their own skill set and professional development through their practical experiences in helping young people and connecting with other organisations, schools and community groups.

Award Centres appoint Award Leaders who become the main contact person and mentor to guide Participants on their Award journey. Award Leaders have a unique opportunity to enhance the lives of young people and are integral to the delivery of the Award.

Other benefits of the Award:

  • Recognise and reward young people for the work they already do in your organisation
  • Opportunity to build and retain volunteers, improve administration and succession planning
  • Empower your young people, build resilience and upskill them for future career and study opportunities
  • Support your organisation’s strategies and objects
  • Work within a volunteering framework for staff and young volunteers
  • Enhance skill development, group participation, confidence, self-esteem, leadership, fitness, and community connection
  • Opportunity to connect with other like organisations, clubs, schools and community groups
  • Contribute to your corporate social responsibility framework and planning

To deliver the Award at your school or organisation, you will need to follow the registration steps here.

Fees

There is an annual affiliation fee for all Award Centres. Participant registration fees also apply for each level of the Award. This can either be collected via an online payment or billed to the Award Centre.

Award Centre Current  
Annual Affiliation fee $395  
     
Participant Current Effective 1/1/2023
Bronze registration $140 $145
Silver registration $150 $155
Gold registration $170 $180
Change of Level $40 $40
Replacement Badge $20 $20
Replacement Certificate $20 $20
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