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How you can support the delivery of the Award

There are several ways in which you can support our work. Take a look at the options below to see what suits you best or download our Supporter Information Pack here.

  • Ambassadors

    The Duke of Ed Ambassadors are both leaders and grass-root members of the community who use their talent, position and/or network to promote the value, …

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  • Sponsors & Supporters

    The Award is largely self funding in Australia with any grant support gratefully received from state/territory/federal government being typically directed to specific high need or …

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  • Special Projects

    Supporting Major Development and National Projects Our Special Projects fund was established to extend the reach of the Award, particularly to young people considered to …

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  • Alumni

    When you complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award you instantly become an important part of The Duke of Edinburgh Alumni Community. In the past …

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  • Charter for Business

    The Charter for Business is the Award’s corporate support group. Charter for Business members pledge $10,000 pa for 5 years. All the funds are used to for …

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  • World Fellow

    The World Fellowship aims to provide a stable financial foundation for the development of the International Award throughout the world. Through its support, the World …

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

How the Award is helping Participants on their road to happiness

With approximately one in five Australians experiencing mental illness each year, the importance of friendships,  getting outdoors and giving back to your community has never been more significant. World Mental Health day is being held on Saturday, October 10 and serves as a reminder for all of us to care for our fellow human beings. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides young people around Australia and the world with the framework to learn how to set and strive for goals, how to overcome obstacles in reaching these goals, and how to work independently and as a part of a team, resulting in what can be great personal growth, development and resilience.

The prevalence of mental health issues are notably higher amongst youth, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting younger people are more likely to have a mental disorder than older people, with just over a quarter (26%) of people aged 16–24 having a disorder compared to only 6% of people aged 75–85. Further, a Mission Australia Youth Survey revealed that according to young people, the main issue of concern is coping with stress and for 76.9% of respondents friendships were highly valued.

 

Establishing Friendships

As human beings, we are instinctively drawn to forge relationships with one another. Bonds that are established through interactions are of key importance when looking into the role that relationships have in mental illness.  Positive friendships have proven to be of assistance to individuals when they are faced by adversities. The Duke of Ed Award is undertaken over 6 to 18 months and generates the opportunity for Participants to meet like-minded people around the same age as them, facilitating friendships and longer term supportive relationships. These friendships are crucial in the development of those who partake in the Award.

A SANE Research Report revealed that “Over two-thirds of those affected by mental illness reported feeling lonely ‘often’ or ‘all the time’.” Relationship building is at the forefront of the Award and through its careful construction the aim is to encourage youth toward a path of happiness and success. Through facilitating friendships, participating in the Award assists in reducing the number of youth that experience mental health issues.

 

Physical Activity and Outdoor Adventures

The Mental Health Association of NSW have revealed that physical activity and mental well-being are more linked than what was previously realised. “Physical activity has a positive impact on mental well being. This is particularly important as studies have revealed that by 2020, depression alone will constitute one of the largest health problems worldwide.” The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award requires youth to engage in regular physical recreation as a key component of completing the Award, with Gold Awardees having to complete a minimum of an hour of physical recreation each week for a full year.

Through the Adventurous Journey component of the Award, recipients undertake a journey in a group through an unfamiliar environment and this typically means connecting with the outdoors, which is known to make people happier. Beyond Blue revealed that “Growing evidence shows that access to the natural environment improves health and well-being, as well as preventing disease and helping people recover from illness.” Nature acts as a soother to the mind and body. Through completing the Award, Participants are not only challenging themselves to physically achieve their goals, they are also allowing themselves to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

Volunteering/ Service Component

The service component of the Award requires young Participants to give service (volunteer) for at least one hour every week for between 3 and 12 months.

Volunteering encourages youth to garner a more wholesome perspective on life and is also proven to make them happier as giving back to the community is highly rewarding. Research published by Volunteering Australia indicates Volunteers are much more likely to be involved in other aspects of community life than non volunteers and that volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer. 96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier.” and 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.

With over 23,000 young Australians participating in the Award every year and over 80,000 volunteer assessors there’s no doubt that The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is having a positive impact on mental health.

 

 

If you’re feeling down or like you need help now please do not hesitate to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or if you wish to find out more about the impact and benefits of doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award go to Award Impact

 

Nepalese Fundraising Screening Sat 8th August Rouse Hill NSW

Nepalese Fundraising Screening Sat 8th August Rouse Hill NSW

Help rebuild devastated schools and villages in Nepal by attending the screening of Everest Sea to Summit . Winner of 8 International Documentary Film Prizes – Everest Sea to Summit will be presented by the Film’s Maker and Duke of Ed Gold Awardee Michael Dillon AM this Saturday evening 8th August at Rouse Hill at 5pm.

Everest Sea to Summit is the most internationally awarded adventure documentary of all time created by the world’s leading mountaineering film-maker Michael Dillon. Join us in this fundraising screening to support the people of Nepal as they rebuild their lives following the devastating earthquakes in April.

The film follows Australian Mountaineer Tim Macartney-Snape’s 1990 achievement of climbing the entire height of Everest. Starting at sea level in the Bay of Bengal, walking across India and finishing with a sole ascent of the world’s highest peak with out bottled oxygen.
For more details contact amy.mares@hotmail.com

 

Everest Sea to Summit

 

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website that reflects the needs of our growing and diverse organisation. New look, additional features, easier navigation and a great search function.

Our website has been redesigned around the information needs of our participants, volunteers, parents and partners. Content ideas and user feedback from you will ensure we keep this website relevant and user friendly.

Since the launch of our previous web site in 2008 The Award in Australia has seen annual participant registrations rise to 23,000 per year requiring a volunteer base of some 80,000 volunteers managed by 1,132 Award Units. Our reach in terms of diversity has steadily grown and we see more high need and special need young people undertaking and completing an Award. Our online technology has been critical in supporting our growth and retaining relevance. Our donors and supporter base has provided the funding to invest in these new projects and to increase access to all young Australians.

Feedback to comms@dukeofed.com.au

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Join our Alumni Program today

Join our Alumni Program today

When you complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award you instantly become an important part of The Duke of Edinburgh Alumni Community. In the past 50 years over 700,000 Australians have completed an Award and globally over 8 million !

The Australian Alumni provides the opportunity for all past Awardees to now reconnect and continue to access and share unique opportunities of a lifetime.

As an Awardee, you are part of the global Duke of Ed community spanning 143 countries, and providing access to opportunities to extend the lifelong learning principles of The Duke of Ed program.

JOIN TODAY: Complete the online Alumni Registration Form and start taking advantage of the benefits including:

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    The opportunity to reconnect with The Duke of Ed in Australia and overseas, as well as other Awardees

  • Invitations to exclusive events in Australia and overseas
  • Invitations to professional networking events
  • Special offers from our sponsors and Alumni partners
  • State-based Alumni events
  • Regular newsletters and updates
  • Adventurous Journeys and treks

 

 

La Trobe University recognises Duke of Ed volunteering for early access to their Aspire program

La Trobe University recognises Duke of Ed volunteering for early access to their Aspire program

Through a recent partnership with La Trobe University, we are excited to announce that the University will be recognising and rewarding Duke of Ed Volunteers with priority access to study via La Trobe’s Aspire early admissions program.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar recognised this alignment as well as recognising the important life and work skills young people develop through participating in The Duke of Ed Award.

“Leadership, effective communication and people skills are the types of characteristics we look for in our students,” Professor Dewar said.

“At La Trobe, we are committed to making a positive difference to the world in which we live, and the Aspire program enables us to support the efforts of these inspiring young people whose values and ambitions align with ours. We want to encourage these community leaders of the future to come and study at La Trobe University,” Professor Dewar said.

The values that underpin volunteering – community, selflessness, generosity, dedication – are what The Duke of Ed Award programs are all about.

Structured as part of the Award, the volunteering component encourages young people to develop a sense of responsibility and compassion towards others with the aim of creating a lifelong habit of community involvement and voluntary service.

Award Participants who have completed their Bronze level or above will automatically qualify for the community engagement criteria of La Trobe’s Aspire program.

If successful, Aspire applicants will get an offer to study at La Trobe in September this year, securing a place to study before they complete their exams. Aspire students are invited to take part in an enrichment program that supports them through the final stages of high school and prepares them life at La Trobe.

The enrichment program offers:

  • VCE/HSC revision lectures to be held in the September school holidays
  • Mentoring from a La Trobe student ambassador
  • Access to the La Trobe Library on all campuses
  • Invitation to a ‘Welcome to La Trobe’ event
  • Various on-campus events and activities.

Applications for this year’s Aspire program are now open and will close on August 31, 2015. A wide range of other community work and volunteering may also qualify students for entry to the Aspire program. For more information, students can visit the Aspire website.

Check out an article in The Age this morning announcing the partnership.

 

Join our Alumni Program today

Join our Alumni Program today

When you complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award you instantly become an important part of The Duke of Edinburgh Alumni Community. In the past 50 years over 700,000 Australians have completed an Award and globally over 8 million !

The Australian Alumni provides the opportunity for all past Awardees to now reconnect and continue to access and share unique opportunities of a lifetime.

As an Awardee, you are part of the global Duke of Ed community spanning 143 countries, and providing access to opportunities to extend the lifelong learning principles of The Duke of Ed program.

JOIN TODAY: Complete the online Alumni Registration Form and start taking advantage of the benefits including:

  • alumni brochure thumbnail
    Download Brochure HERE

    The opportunity to reconnect with The Duke of Ed in Australia and overseas, as well as other Awardees

  • Invitations to exclusive events in Australia and overseas
  • Invitations to professional networking events
  • Special offers from our sponsors and Alumni partners
  • State-based Alumni events
  • Regular newsletters and updates
  • Adventurous Journeys and treks

 

 

Job Opportunity for Part Time Marketing & Administration Assistant at the National Office in Sydney CBD

Job Opportunity for Part Time Marketing & Administration Assistant at the National Office in Sydney CBD

The National Office based in the Sydney CBD is currently recruiting for a  Part Time Marketing and Administration Assistant (2-3 days per week)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement Award empowering young people to realise their full potential and build a brighter future.

In Australia, over 700,000 young Australians have completed an Award since the program commenced here in 1962. The Award is an exciting complement to formal education. As governments recognise the value of enterprise, community awareness, employability skills and fitness among young people, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia challenges young people in all these areas.

The Australian National Award Office provides the leadership and enabling environment for the State & Territory Award offices (Divisions) to deliver the Award to over 24,000 new Participants annually through 1200 Award Units and some 80,000 volunteers.

The Role

This role incorporates plenty of variety and will suit an energetic, passionate and organised person with strong communication, administrative and time management skills.

Reporting to the Communications Manager and working closely with the CEO and Finance Manager this role will ensure this small but efficient team stay on top of administrative, records management and general marketing and communication tasks.  The role offers the flexibility of part-time work, and can provide an opportunity to grow and expand your skills and knowledge in your business career.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supporting the Communications Manager in updating copy and content on the charity’s website and social media sites e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram
  • Assisting in the writing and publishing of quarterly supporter newsletters and Alumni emails
  • Minute taking during quarterly Board meetings
  • Assisting with all incoming calls including Online Record Book and Open Award Centre enquiries
  • Administrative tasks relating to the organising of meetings & events
  • Assisting in document management including occasional proof reading, formatting, approvals and file management
  • Maintaining the national document register
  • Database management – updating records and adding in new contacts as required
  • Liaising with State and Territory offices and PR agency
  • Maintaining the Registered Activity Provider register

Skills and Experience

  • At least two years’ experience in a similar role
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Understanding of and experience in social media – Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn preferred
  • A high level of accuracy in clerical and administrative tasks with a very keen eye for detail
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to work with people at senior levels
  • Ability to manage sensitive information and maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to identify priorities, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Be able to multitask and prioritise

Download the full position description here:

Marketing and Administration Assistant Job Description

If you’re looking to embrace a challenge within a supportive environment and believe that you can add value to our team, then please email a covering note with your CV which outlines why this role appeals to you to comms@dukeofed.com.au

Applications close Friday 8th January with interviews to be held Monday 11th- Wednesday 13th January 2016.

This position is not suitable for temporary visa holders.

Applicants who have completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award should note this in their applications.

International Youth Day

International Youth Day

ENCOURAGING YOUTH PARTICIPATION TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is Youth Civic Engagement – the engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development.  The International Youth Day 2015 campaign aims at promoting civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace.

“International Youth Day is an incredibly positive campaign to encourage youth to build upon their self-esteem and skills development.  Youth are very much a vehicle for change and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is truly an exemplary example of youth engaging with their local community on a number of levels including volunteering, social engagement, leadership and the overall growth of social capital.

Locally The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award celebrates and promotes youth engagement particularly in seeking inclusiveness.  It achieves its civic engagement not only through the balanced program of activities required by the 14-25 year old youth undertaking the individual challenge but through the approximately 80,000 volunteers that work closely with these 35,000 youth participants as their mentors and activity assessors.  Inclusion and access are a major priority for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award “young people regardless of location and personal circumstances are supported to take up the challenge and in doing so become more confident individuals and in turn agents for positive change” said Peter Kaye AM, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.

As a non-formal education program available to youth in over 140 countries, over one million young people engage with their local community when they undertake the five sections of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Service, Physical Recreation, Skills, Adventurous Journey and Residential Project.

Team building and social cohesion are significant outcomes of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award operating in a local community.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading youth development program that empowers all young Australians to explore their full potential, regardless of their location or circumstance.  Every young person aged 14-25 who takes part learns a skill, improves their fitness, volunteers in their community and completes an adventure.

They are supported by a network of adult mentors.  Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, Participants are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best, to take ownership of their goals and life choices and become actively engaged within the community and workforce.

Run through schools, universities, indigenous communities, new refugee support programs, defence cadets, uniformed youth organisations, prisons, youth development centres and community organisations, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participation is available in cities, rural and remote areas.  With three progressively more challenging levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award celebrates and recognises each Award as the improvement of an individual through persistence and achievement.

Today over 143 countries have adopted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program and more than 8 million young people have participated worldwide.  Locally over 700,000 young people have completed The Award in Australia in the past 50 years, with on average 40,000 very diverse participants annually working towards achieving an Award and in the process discovering the personal and community benefits of volunteering.

Duke of Ed Awardee – 2016 Victorian Young Australian of the Year!

Duke of Ed Awardee – 2016 Victorian Young Australian of the Year!

So often we hear of our Duke of Ed Awardees going on to achieve some pretty fascinating things, using the skills and talents they have developed through the Award to take action and make a positive difference in the world.

After completing his Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Robbie Gillies of Victoria is no exception. With a passion for creating social change, Robbie has gone on to devote himself to social enterprises that make a difference to some of our most vulnerable citizens.

A Co-founder of Homeless of Melbourne, Robbie is determined to challenge negative attitudes towards homelessness through his charity clothing store ‘HoMie’. Robbie is also working on setting up a new non-for-profit organisation, Charity Tap whose mission is to alleviate poverty through innovative social enterprise, awareness raising, and fundraising for grassroots charities.

Robbie’s achievements have lead him to be recognised as the 2016 Victorian Young Australian of the Year.

While completing three university degrees, leading an orchestra, and playing in a number of sporting clubs, Robert Gillies really has his hands full. Nevertheless, the young man has found the time to devote to the community, making a difference to some of the most vulnerable citizens.

Robbie’s participation in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award helped shaped his focus on social entrepreneurship, stating “Duke of Ed was part of the fixture at my high school and everyone was strongly encouraged to do it…It taught me to structure time, realise important priorities and get physically fit – all great things to learn at a young age. This is in addition to the social aspects, like breeding compassion and fostering community outreach”.

 

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The Service component of the Award encourages young people like Robbie to give back to the community, supporting people in need, such as the homeless. It provides participants an intrinsic benefit, and a sense of achievement that is invaluable. The Duke of Ed furthers an individuals abilities including time management, creativity, building confidence, and seeking solutions for the betterment of society.

As Executive-Director of Yarra Swim Co, Robbie is reviving the historic ‘Race to Princes Bridge’ and leading the push for a functional Yarra River for swimming. He has worked as an HIV researcher, and served as a director for charities, preventing poverty overseas and in remote Indigenous communities. Step by Step, Robbie is changing the perception of homelessness, increasing awareness and action.

Enthusiastic and determined, Robert is a role model for young Australians wanting to make the world a better place.

Congratulations to Robbie on becoming Victoria’s Young Australian of the Year for 2016. 

Diamond Challenge

Diamond Challenge

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Celebrate 60 years of the Award internationally by taking part in the Diamond Challenge

 

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Diamond Anniversary celebrations we’re inviting everyone to take the DofE Diamond Challenge.

The Challenge is inspired by the Award, asking you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge.

Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like, from kayaking to mastering jam making. If it’s a challenge to you, it counts. And the best part is, it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere!

So if you never had the chance to get involved while growing up, if your kids are doing it now, if you’re doing your Award now or if you’re just looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, seize the day

The Award in Australia is proud to support the international celebrations and is encouraging all Australians to participate in the UK’s DofE DIAMOND CHALLENGE. As this is an international milestone, Australian fundraising generated will be directed to supporting the development of the Award in the Solomon Islands.

Click here to find out more and sign up to the DofE Challenge today

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Diamond Challenge

Diamond Challenge

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Celebrate 60 years of the Award internationally by taking part in the Diamond Challenge

 

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Diamond Anniversary celebrations we’re inviting everyone to take the DofE Diamond Challenge.

The Challenge is inspired by the Award, asking you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge.

Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like, from kayaking to mastering jam making. If it’s a challenge to you, it counts. And the best part is, it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere!

So if you never had the chance to get involved while growing up, if your kids are doing it now, if you’re doing your Award now or if you’re just looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, seize the day

The Award in Australia is proud to support the international celebrations and is encouraging all Australians to participate in the UK’s DofE DIAMOND CHALLENGE. As this is an international milestone, Australian fundraising generated will be directed to supporting the development of the Award in the Solomon Islands.

Click here to find out more and sign up to the DofE Challenge today

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Award Participant represents Australia at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Europe

Award Participant represents Australia at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Europe

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia – Gold Participant, 16 year old Xenia Lopes, was the sole representative for Australia at the Global Young Leaders Conference which was held in Europe earlier this year. Touching on issues that are facing emerging leaders in the 21st century, the conference was held from 28 June to 7 July and looked at what it takes to be a global leader.

Describing the experience as “two of the greatest weeks of my life”, The Hornsby Girls’ High School student travelled to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic attending presentations as part of the Conference.  “The last speaker could speak 80 different languages, that was amazing. (Another highlight) was going to the Berlin Wall and seeing something like that in real life.” She says.

The self-funded trip is being used for the Residential Project component of Xenia’s Gold Award. Xenia herself applied online for permission to attend the conference, displaying a high level of leadership.  When asked about what she attributes to be a good quality of a leader, she shared “I guess it’s a lot about communicating with other people and being able to compromise.” Extending upon the knowledge gained at the conference, Xenia says “I learned a lot about cross cultural communication, being able to see other people’s perspective and being able to work in a team. This experience has enriched me in many ways: it has made me more confident in expressing my views and to seek leadership opportunities in the community.”

To read more about Xenia’s experiences at the Global Conference click here.

Contact us

Contact Us

Call 1300 4 DUKES (1300 438 537)

  • Select Option 1 for the Online Record Book Helpdesk
  • Select Option 2 for your State/Territory Award Office
  • Select Option 3 for the National Award Office

Online Record Book Help Desk

ONLINE RECORD BOOK HELPDESK
Tel: 1300 438 537
Email: orb@dukeofed.com.au
NATIONAL AWARD OFFICE
Suite 3, Level 33
Aurora Place
88 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 02 8241 1500 (prompt 3)
Fax: 02 9251 8993
Email: admin@dukeofed.com.au

ALUMNI Enquiries
Tel: 02 8241 1500 (prompt 3)
Fax: 02 9251 8993
Email: alumni@dukeofed.com.au

Contact your local office

NEW SOUTH WALES
Locked Bag 1422
Silverwater NSW 2128

Tel: 131 302(Prompt 4)
Email: dukeofed@sport.nsw.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
19 Coyne Street
Fadden ACT 2904

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

VICTORIA
6/25-31 Argyle Street
Fitzroy 3065

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

TASMANIA
PO Box 412
Glenorchy TAS 7010

Tel: 0422 110 401
Email: dukestasmania@gmail.com

QUEENSLAND
GPO Box 919
Brisbane QLD 4001

Tel: 1800 177 338
Email: qld.award.office@dete.qld.gov.au
Website: www.qld.gov.au/youth

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Suite 58, City West Centre, Railway St
West Perth WA 6005

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

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
GPO Box 2441
Adelaide SA 5001

Tel: 02 8241 1530
Email:glen.christie@dukeofed.com.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

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

About Us

About Us

Today over 143 countries have adopted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program and more than 8 million young people have participated worldwide.  Locally over 700,000 young people have completed the Award in Australia in the past 50 years.

The program gives a structure for young Australians aged 14 – 25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world.  They will move beyond their comfort zones and gain a sense of real achievement and self-confidence.

Our Reach

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia can be found right across the country, engaging over 35,000 young people and over 80,000 Volunteers annually. Our program is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through Government and independent schools, universities, and a wide range of organisations such as Indigenous communities, new refugee support programs, sports clubs, employers, prisons and youth detention centres and community organisations such as Surf Life Saving, disability groups and other youth programs. We also support Open Award Centres for young people to access the Award if there are no other convenient organisations in their community.

Our Vision

All young people in Australia are empowered to explore their potential and achieve success through access and participation in The Duke of Ed.

Our Purpose

To provide, promote and preserve a framework of Award participation that equips, engages and empowers all young people in Australia to explore their potential and to better understand who they are.

Our Commitment

Young people, regardless of their location or circumstance, are the central focus of all our endeavours.

Our Impact

Benefits

 Our Details

  • Established in 1962, after being first introduced in Australia in 1958.
  • 35,000 young people participating annually.
  • Over 700,000 Participants have completed their Award in Australia within the past 50 years.
  • Approximately 80,000 volunteers
  • Approximately 200,000 volunteer service hours pa by Award participants
  • The Duke of Ed operates in over 1,100 schools, youth organisations, community groups, correctional services, employers and Government departments.
  • The Duke of Ed has minimal infrastructure of its own – it is used by established organisations such as schools, universities and community organisations to extend their programs and provide recognition for the activities that their youth udnertake.

 Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase participation of young people in the Award in Australia;
  2. Ensure our program is of the highest quality and is delivered effectively;
  3. Ensure sustainability of the Award;
  4. To promote equity and ensure that all young people, regardless of their circumstance, have easy access to the Award program;
  5. To position the Award as a leader in the delivery of highly recognised non-formal education

 

Annual Reports

Can be viewed HERE

 

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