Award Units

What is an Award Unit (Licensed Operator) ?

Each State and Territory Award Operating Authority licenses Award Units (AUs) to deliver The Award.  They are commonly known as AU’s and are responsible for delivering the Award to Participants.

Award Units can be:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Community Organisations
  • Sporting or Social Clubs
  • Companies
  • A group of interested parents who form their own association

Award Units then appoint Award Leaders who become the main contact and the ones who guide Participants on their Duke of Ed journey.

The National Award Authority has entered into licences with National Award Unit organisations whose operations cross multiple state boundaries and where licensing on a state-by-state basis is not a viable option.The Award Unit must ensure that relevant Child Protection Legislation requirements are observed for each adult who may work with an Award Participant under the age of 18 years.

Become an Award Unit

Being an Award Unit means that you are forming a partnership with the largest international pursuit of youth development in the world!

The flexibility and sustainability of The Duke of Ed has allowed for steady growth over the 52 years that it has successfully operated. It is now home to over 143 countries and touches the lives of more than 8 million young people.

So what are the benefits to my organisation?

  • The Duke of Ed can be used to support your organisation’s strategies and objects.
  • The Award provides tangible support in terms of experience, promotional materials, equipment, training and insurance. The choice of activities that the Participants can undertake can be defined by the Award Unit.
  • The structure often complements programs and activities schools and various groups already offer to young people and provides a way of recognising these efforts and at the same time without consuming resources.
  • The Duke of Ed offers a balanced framework to develop the important skills and qualities that our wider society believe young people should definitely have, including skill development, group participation, confidence, self-esteem, leadership, fitness, and community connection.
  • Being an Award Unit also allows you the opportunity to connect with other organisations, schools and community groups in your area and around Australia, through national events, social media sites Twitter and Facebook, and a monthly newsletter detailing the latest news and stories.
  • There are offices in every capital city in Australia, offering local support and assistance where possible, so no Award Unit is left isolated.
  • The Duke of Ed offers a volunteering framework for staff, and offers the opportunity for young people to connect with other adults within the community in a productive way
  • You will be able to connect with our international network and open up opportunities for professional development and the exchange of information
  • As an Award Unit, The Duke of Ed allows a framework to create an environment of social inclusion for your Participants. This enhances The Duke of Ed experience for your young people and impacts positively on their personal development.

And what do I get out of it personally?

Award Leaders are the adult volunteers who manage The Duke of Ed on behalf of the Award Unit.

As a volunteer, the opportunity to enhance the lives of young people is endless. If you sign up your group/organisation to become an Award Unit, you might decide to become the Award Leader

How can my organisation become an Award Unit?

To run The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in your school/organisation you will need to apply to become an Award Unit and nominate an Award Leader.

If you’d like to know how to become an Award Unit, you need to contact your State/Territory Award Operating Authority – see process below or Register your interest in becoming an Award Unit by completing the Award Unit Registration (register a new account as an “Award Unit”) via the Online Record Book 

Financial Assistance

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters including the Federal Government financial assistance is available to both individual Participants and Award Units in undertaking and running the Award. For more information on currently available financial support options visit Resources/Financial Assistance


State Specific Forms and or Processes for Becoming an Award Unit

Please contact us on 131 302 and we will be happy to discuss all aspects of registering for and running The Duke of Ed in your organisation.


Completing NSW Division requirements

  1. Register as an Award Unit on the Online Record Book (ORB).
  2. Complete the appropriate NSW Award Unit Application Form and return with payment and a copy of your organisations Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency (non-NSW Department of Education schools only).
  3. An email confirming your activation as an Award Unit will be sent after your application has been checked and activated.


Attending Award Administration Training

All Award Leaders are required to attend Award Administration Training (AAT).  You should complete this training before accepting Participants to start their Award.  For AAT session dates, times and booking information please go the Award Leader Training pages.


Running The Duke of Ed in your school/organisation

When you have completed the steps above you can begin getting The Duke of Ed up and running at your organisation.

The following is a rough guide to assist:

  1. Begin promoting The Duke of Ed in your school/organisation. Promotional ideas and resources can be found at Promotional Materials
  2. Hold a Participant information meeting
  3. Hold a Parent information evening
  4. Get your Participants to begin the registration process
  5. Ensure the intended Assessors have met relevant NSW Child Protection requirements and have also agreed to the Volunteer Code of Conduct (VCOC). This information is available in the Assessor Commencement Guide (ACG)
  6. Monitor Participants progression through their Award
  7. Plan/approve Adventurous Journeys
  8. Sign-off Awards and submit to NSW Division for final approval
  9. Present Awardees with their Certificates and Badges (for Bronze and Silver Awards)


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 your Award Leader or SOUTH AUSTRALIA office on
Tel: 02 8241 1530



For more information please contact your Award Leader or AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY office

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


For more information please contact your Award Leader or QUEENSLAND office on

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

Visit QLD’s Website


For more information please contact your Award Leader or VICTORIAN office on

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

Go to Victoria’s Website

For more information please contact your Award Leader or WESTERN AUSTRALIA office on

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

Go to WA’s Website

For more information please contact your Award Leader or the NT office on

Tel: 08 8947 7071


For more information please contact your Award Leader or TASMANIAN office on

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