Employability

Award Leaders

What is an Award Leader?

Each Award Unit must appoint an Award Leader. An Award Leader is a volunteer who is the main contact for the Award Unit, and is responsible for running The Duke of Ed in that organisation. In large organisations, there may be other volunteers who assist in the running of the Award – these people are usually called Assistant Leaders. As an Award Leader, you play a crucial role in the success of the Award. Without you, there would be no Award. Your role is to engage young people in the program, and encourage and inspire Participants throughout their Award journey. Typically an Award Unit may have two or more Award Leaders to spread the work load and to ensure continuity as the Award is usually completed over a 12 month period.

Duke of Ed Award Leaders are the frontline of the Award, playing one of the most fundamental roles – that of developing the Participants with whom they are actively involved.  Without them there simply would be no Award!

Who can be an Award Leader?

Award Leaders could be anyone from a teacher to a sporting coach to a Cadet leader!

As long as they are appointed by an Award Unit.  They play one of the biggest roles in The Duke of Ed!

The role of an Award Leader is to guide and mentor Participants, helping to set achievable goals and to offer encouragement! They are the support system for Participants who offer motivation and inspiration.

You need to have a positive attitude, a great relationship with young people and meet the requirements of being an Award Leader.

Remember, it is not a sprint, but a marathon, and while many young people can complete The Duke of Ed through effort over consecutive months, others may take longer and that’s OK. Just stand by them.

Are there certain guidelines and requirements to be an Award Leader?

Since they play such a significant part in The Duke of Ed there are some Guidelines to follow along with certain requirements and responsibilities.

For example, they must undergo a police check in the State/Territory they are operating in.

Please read our Award Leader Roles and Responsibilities and refer to our Handbook for more information.

Award Leader Roles and Responsibilities

Award Leaders are the most important and influential people to Participants, as they have regular contact and look up to them as mentors and leaders.

As such, there are responsibilities an Award Leader has to both the young people they lead and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Operating Authorities.

View Award Leader Roles and Responsibilities

Register online to become an Award Leader  

View Award Leader Resources

 

State Specific Forms and or Processes for Becoming an Award Leader

Replacing a previous Award Leader:

If your school/organisation is currently running the Duke of Ed and you will be replacing a previous Award Leader, please:

  1. Complete a NSW Award Leader Update Form and return to the NSW Division. This will enable us to update our records so we can send you important information.
  2. Register as an Award Leader on the Online Record Book (ORB). After completing this you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Click on the ‘Verify Email’ link.
  3. Your ORB registration will be submitted to the NSW Division for approval (pending receipt of a completed NSW Award Leader Update Form – see above).
  4. When your account for the ORB has been activated you will be sent your username and password.
  5. In the ORB, transfer Participants from the previous Award Leader to you (as the current Award Leader).
  6. Attend Award Administration Training

Becoming an Assistant Award Leader:

If you have been approved by the Award Leader to be an Assistant Award Leader, please:

  1. Complete a NSW Award Leader Update Form and return to the NSW Division. This will enable us to update our records so we can send you important information.
  2. Register as an Award Leader on the Online Record Book (ORB). After completing this you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Click on the ‘Verify Email’ link.
  3. Your ORB registration will be submitted to the NSW Division for approval (pending receipt of a completed NSW Award Leader Update Form – see above).
  4. When your account for the ORB has been activated you will be sent your username and password.
  5. In the ORB, transfer Participants to you as appropriate.
  6. Attend Award Administration Training

Changing Senior Officer details:

The Senior Officer is usually a School Principal or the most senior person in a Youth/Community organisation who holds ultimate responsibility for the running of The Duke of Ed at that Award Unit.

If your Senior Officer details change (eg if your school has a new Principal) please:

  1. Ask them to complete a NSW Senior Officer Update Form and return it to NSW Division on their behalf.
  2. Log in to the ORB and choose your ‘Organisation Details’ tab. Select ‘Edit’ (from top right hand corner of page) and update the new Senior Officer name in the ‘Authorising Contact’ section.

 

For more information contact the NEW SOUTH WALES office 
Tel: 131 302 (Prompt 4)
Email: dukeofed@sport.nsw.gov.au

 

 

For more information please contact the SOUTH AUSTRALIA office on
Tel: 02 8241 1530
Email:glen.christie@dukeofed.com.au

 

 

For more information please contact the AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY office

Tel: 02 6291 1705
Email: dukeofedact@bigpond.com

 

For more information please contact the QUEENSLAND office on

Tel: 1800 177 338
Email: qld.award.office@dete.qld.gov.au

Visit QLD’s Website

 

For more information please contact the VICTORIAN office on

Tel: 03 8412 9333
Email: info@dukeofedvic.org.au

Go to Victoria’s Website

For more information please contact the WESTERN AUSTRALIA office on

Tel: 08 9321 4179
Email: info@dukeofedwa.org.au

Go to WA’s Website

For more information please contact the NT office on

Tel: 08 8947 7071
Email:enquiries@dukesnt.com.au

 

For more information please contact the  TASMANIAN office on

Tel: 0422 110 401
Email: dukestassouth@bigpond.com