About The Award

The Award equips young people for life and work.

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.

The Award framework

Three Award Levels

The Award is available in three levels.

Bronze New

Bronze level

For those over 14 years old.

Silver New

Silver level

For those over 15 years old.

Gold New

Gold level

For those over 16 years old.

To achieve each level, Participants create their own program of activities over a set length of time and across four Sections:

Four Award 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.

Our Impact

Our core values, impact measures and testimonials. Read more.

Our History

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956. Read more.

 
Testimonials
  • “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