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About The Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It has helped inspire, empower, connect and recognise the achievements of more than 8 million young people in more than 140 countries.

It inspires young people to choose their own adventure, find the friends they haven’t met yet, and see that some things in life just can’t be googled. We want to empower young people to change their lives while changing the world.

The Award presents a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourage personal discovery, growth, resilience, perseverance, responsibility and community service. It is about individual challenge and encouraging young people to become mature and active citizens who positively contribute to society, through activities that inspire them.

Over the past 50 years, we have reached more than 150,000 young Victorians.

Over the next 50 years, we want to expand our reach to 1,000,000 young Victorians.

In Victoria, we work with more than 250 educational institutions and community organisations that support young people through the Award. Each organisation collaborates with government, community, business and other educational bodies. We support this through training and resources to create long-term, sustainable partnerships.

We want Awardees to feel confident about their future career opportunities as well as their ability to follow their passion while making a difference.

Find out more about our impact here.

The Duke of Ed has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Young people can enter at any level, providing they meet the age requirements (see table below). To achieve each level, Participants create their own program of activities over a set length of time and across four Sections:

  • Service – To develop and encourage a sense of community spirit and responsibility to others
  • Skill – To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills
  • Physical Recreation – To encourage participation in Physical Recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance
  • Adventurous Journey – To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery Gold-level Award Participants also undertake a fifth Section:
  • Residential Project*– To broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting

Participants choose activities that spark their interest in each Section, then set their own goals.

Through participation in The Duke of Ed, young people are empowered with the skills and opportunities to make meaningful decisions, enhance life and work skills, live active and healthy lifestyles, contribute to their communitIes, and build their sense of adventure in the face of the unknown and unfamiliar.

Dukes Levels only

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Award ceremonies and celebrations

At your school

Some schools hold an Award ceremony or celebration when you achieve your Award. If your school does this, please let us know because we would love to attend and celebrate with you!

Our Gold Award ceremonies

Everyone that completes their Gold Duke of Ed Award is invited to attend a special Gold Award ceremony. Stay tuned for ceremony updates by checking your inbox and reading our monthly newsletter, Award Edge.

  • “Before, I would only dream of what I could do; now I still dream, but I also go out and do it!”

    Sam Burdon, Gold Awardee
  • “The current environment is very challenging for young people, so it’s important they try to make themselves more attractive to employers. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is highly valued by business because they know it helps to develop more rounded individuals.”

    HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, ADC Trustee
  • “I believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and other programs operated by the not-for-profit Awards Victoria Ltd are vital as they focus on developing our most valuable resource, our young people, who ultimately create the future of our community.”

    Gary Rowe, CEO, Safety Action Pty Ltd and Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award