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WOW – Wear Orange Wednesday

WOW – Wear Orange Wednesday

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On Wednesday 18 November 2015, say thanks to our amazing State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers across Australia! Wear Orange Wednesday is a national day of recognition and appreciation for SES volunteers, who serve our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is firmly behind this day as a time that we can set aside to thank those who go the extra mile in our community!

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Through the compulsory Service component of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Participants complete between a minimum 3 months (Bronze Award) to one year (Gold Award) of service within their community. A large number of Award Participants have volunteered at local SES branches over the years in order to complete their Award, which has provided Participants a sense of purpose, achievement and connection with their community.

 

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia’s CEO, Peter Kaye AM has been involved in the SES for over 39 years.

“I am incredibly proud of my and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia’s history with the SES.  Many years ago – when I was much younger and completing my Service component of the Award I chose to volunteer with the SES, it was an incredibly rewarding experience to assist my local community in times of emergencies and natural disasters.” –The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia CEO, Peter Kaye AM. 

 

All of us here at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Australia would like to thank the SES for their ongoing support of the Award in offering service opportunities for Participants.

So please remember to make Wednesday 18th November the day you wear orange to show your support of SES volunteers! For more details visit wearorangewednesday.com.au

Supporting Us

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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NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program

NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program

NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, John Ajaka MLC, presented eleven Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Participants with The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program certificates at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House on Monday 30th November.

The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates people who commence volunteering when they are young and encourages that commitment to continue throughout life.

The student recognition categories coincide with the ages at which students are most active in school volunteering and in which students undertake the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award CEO – Peter Kaye attended congratulating the eleven Awardees on their successful volunteering efforts stating he was particularity impressed with the diversity of the volunteer activities undertaken.

More information on the Program can be found at www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/volunteers/recognition-and-awards/nsw-premier-s-volunteer-recognition-program

 

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Eleven Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Participants were presented with the NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Award by The Minister for Multiculturalism, John Ajaka MLC at Parliament House November 30 2015

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.

 

#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 3Black Friday Cyber Monday now Giving Tuesday – its all very confusing!

Black Friday is used by retailers to kick start the Christmas shopping season and often has sales to get the season going. Cyber Monday is another ploy by retailers to get you to shop online again to generate Christmas sales.

The good news is #Giving Tuesday isn’t all about asking you to open you wallets but to open your heart and soul and celebrate and give back to charities and not for profits that help so many Australians and people around the world.

#GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

Here at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award- Australia we are not only celebrating the fact that we have over 35,000 Australian youth that volunteer and give back to their communities every year as a part of their Service component BUT we are also celebrating the 80,000+ volunteers and supporters who support the Award each year and help make it all possible.

A core component of the Duke of Ed Award is to “Challenge yourself to be a responsible, caring member of the community.” So Duke of Ed Participants give back to the community through the service section of the Award, whether it is surf lifesaving, environmental conservation, animal welfare, emergency services, teaching, or youth services.

However, the Award would not be possible without the support of Award Leader, Assessors, Supervisors, volunteers, parents/guardians, and Award Sponsors. The Award is supported by over 80,000 volunteers in Australia every year. Our volunteers and supporters play a significant role in the growth of our young Participants, while developing their personal teamwork and communication skills.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers, who provide countless hours of support every year to our organisation and Participants. We are thrilled and fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers in our Duke of Ed family!

How you can get involved!

Now in its fourth year, the founders of #GivingTuesday harnessed the power of social media, bringing the idea to the forefront. Social media and the generosity of people around the world encourages the donation of time, resources and talents to address issues and work towards achieving greater good. So if you’re not already doing it now is the time to give back to your community, whether it’s volunteering your time or services to your local sporting team, charity, local business, or someone who has given to you.

Share

Show us what you are doing – volunteering helping whatever it is by posting a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and don’t forget to use the #GivingTuesday and tag ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia’. BE A PART OF THE CAUSE!

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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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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