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Duke of Ed Award participants

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global youth development program, empowering young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential

Completing the Award is entirely voluntary, every award is different, and each participant can choose the activities they want to participate in for each section of the Award. The Award is a personalised program that offers young people a structure to fulfil their passions and ambitions also allowing the flexibility to progress based on their personal needs and abilities.

Award level

Minimum age

Duration

Sections - Averaging at least 1 hour per week

Bronze

14+years

3 months

*Plus additional 3 months of a Major Section - either Service, Skill or Physical Recreation

  • Voluntary service
  • Skills
  • Physical recreation
  • Adventurous Journey

2 days/1 night
1 x practice journey and
1 x qualifying journey

Silver

15+years

6 months

*Plus additional 6 months of a Major Section if Bronze Award not completed

  • Voluntary service
  • Skills
  • Physical recreation
  • Adventurous Journey

3 days/2 nights
1 x practice journey and
1 x qualifying journey

Gold

16+years

12 months

*Plus additional 6 months of a Major Section if Silver Award not completed

  • Voluntary service
  • Skills
  • Physical recreation
  • Adventurous Journey

4 days/ 3 nights
1 x practice journey and
1 x qualifying journey

  • Gold Residential Project
* A Major Section must be chosen for each Award level where a Participant hasn’t completed a previous Award level. A Participant can choose their Major Section from Physical Recreation, Skill or Voluntary Service. The time taken varies dependent on the Award level.

Benefits of participating in the Award

  • Equip and empower yourself to achieve your personal best and to learn new skills
  • Learn to take responsibility and set yourself challenging SMART goals 
  • Become connected and actively engaged within your community 
  • Make a real difference through positive voluntary service and giving back
  • Develop your ability to bounce back and overcome barriers to success 
  • Learn important life skills such as communication, resilience, leadership and teamwork

Fees

  2019 2020
Bronze registration $130 $140
Silver registration $135 $150
Gold registration $160 $170
Change of Level $35 $40
Replacement Badge $15 $20
Replacement Certificate $10 $20
NOTE: The registration fee includes administration costs, training, events, initial badges and certificates and Gold ceremonies. Fees effective 01/01/2020.

Where can I do my Award?

Find an Award Centre near you or use the NSW Open Award Centre.

Resources

News

December 2019

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