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Service Providers

Duke of Ed Victoria has all the information you need to get in touch with various organisations that can provide opportunities for young people completing the Award programs.

Use this page as a directory to help trigger some fantastic ideas for each Award Section. It is also useful to get in touch with your local council, local sporting clubs and school to find out if they offer any youth development programs or activities to get involved in.

The Victorian Animal Aid Trust (Animal Aid) is an Animal Welfare organisation dedicated to the care of all lost, unwanted and abused animals, and is bound by the Code of Practice for Animal Shelters. Volunteers can assist in dog walking, animal grooming, animal attending, kennel guiding, administration and much more.

Relevant Award Section: Service

Web: www.animalaid.org.au
Phone: (03) 9739 0300 (Coldstream)
Email: enquiries@animalaid.org.au

Aussie Action Abroad offers Architects, Architecture Students, design professionals or anyone who is proactive and willing to work the opportunity to travel, interact with and contribute to communities in need through community development projects.

Volunteers get to work ‘hands-on’ alongside architects, builders and related professionals and with local tradesmen to construct sustainable buildings and resources. This is a real opportunity to understand local needs, resources and the adaptation of materials to suit the project.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.aussieactionabroad.com
Phone: Graham Kent, Director of Expeditions – 0409 954 782
Email: aussieactionabroad@gmail.com

Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding. Our fundamental aim is to foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults, who will make a valuable contribution to the community.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Service, Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.aafc.org.au

The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, founded on a strong community partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest in the Australian Army. Cadets are young people who usually meet once a week after school at their Army unit, or on weekends. Army Cadets learn basic skills like bush survival, first aid and field craft, and heaps more.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.armycadets.gov.au
Phone: 1800 066 941
Email: aachq-vic@cadetnet.gov.au

Bicycle Network Victoria is a charity that promotes the health of the community. The organisations aim is to get “More People Cycling More Often” and measurably grow the bike riding world.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Service, Physical Rec

Web: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au
Phone: (03) 8376 8888


Bindaree provides Adventurous Journeys views outdoor education as a flexible educational package that introduces a wide range of carefully structured and sequential outdoor activities within a range of unfamiliar environments. The aim is to advance and enrich a fundamental understanding of each person’s place and self worth within a community.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.bindaree.com
Phone: (03) 9720 9896

Bogong Outdoor Education Centre is a multi-campus residential school with the core purpose being to "educate for sustainable living". The school offers a wide range of outdoor and environmental education programs and cooperates closely with schools and other users to structure programs which best suit participant needs.

Relevant Award Section: Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.boec.vic.edu.au
Phone: (03) 5754 1732
Email: keeble.anthony.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Boys' Brigade Australia is part of a worldwide network that has been successfully operating children and youth programs with a mix of fun, adventure and challenge. With a Christian foundation, Boys' Brigade has a proven track record for reaching out to the local community providing balanced 4-sided developmental programs (Physical, Spiritual, Educational and Social) for young people of all backgrounds, abilities and interests.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, AJ, RP

Web: www.boys.brigadeaustralia.org
Phone: 1800 819 704
Email: boys@brigadeaustralia.org

Bushwalking Victoria is the peak body for all bushwalkers and bushwalking clubs in Victoria, Australia. The organisation engages in activities that add value to the community and proactively represents the interests of all recreational bushwalkers.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Physical Rec, AJ

Web: www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au
Phone: (03) 8846 4131
Email: admin@bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

Canoe Victoria is the State body responsible for the management, co-ordination, development and promotion of canoeing in Victoria.  Check out the Murray River Marathon and other great events you could get involved with.

Relevant Award Section: Physical Rec, AJ

Web: www.vic.canoe.org.au
Phone: (03) 8846 4120

Conservation Volunteers mission is to achieve a healthy, diverse and sustainably managed environment by providing programs and training to build skills and encourage environmental awareness.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Service, AJ, RP

Web: www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
Phone: (03) 5330 2600
Email: info@conservationvolunteers.com.au

Destination Dreaming is an Australian social enterprise that works with schools to create sustainable community partnerships that teach young people about global citizenship, self-awareness and social justice. The organisation develops young people to thrive in a global world by facilitating practical social education programs.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.destinationdreaming.org.au
Phone: (03) 5255 5930
Email: info@destinationdreaming.org.au

Girls' Brigade Victoria is part of Girls' Brigade Australia, part of a worldwide Christian movement that is committed to seeing girls lives transformed and God’s world enriched. Girls' Brigade groups around the world have a mission to be relational, relevant and responsive in the way they work. We empower girls and young women in local communities to be themselves, to develop and use their gifts and skills, and to discover what it means to live life to the full in their generation.

Relevant Award Section: Service

web: www.gbvic.org
phone: (03) 9873 4006
email: office@gbvic.org.au

Girl Guides Victoria runs quality programs for girls aged 5-17. Through their unique non-formal education programs, Girl Guides promote citizenship, volunteerism, social awareness and self reliance. Girl Guides learn by doing. Every activity brings a new personal adventure.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Service, Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.guidesvic.org.au
Phone: (03) 8606 3500
Email: guides@guidesvic.org.au


Halls Outdoor Education is a provider of adventurous journeys and school camps focusing on achieving desired outcomes through the delivery of flexible programs. Hall's Outdoor Education focuses on fostering safe, empowering and educational experiences which include bushwalking, rock-climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and mountain biking.

Relevant Award Section: Adventurous Journey, Physical Recreation

Web: www.hallsoutdoored.com.au
Phone: 03 5968 1739
Email: info@hallsoutdoored.com.au

Interchange outer east programs and services offer support, opportunities and choice to children and young people with disabilities and their families living in Melbourne’s outer east. Volunteers may be involved in the following programs; Youth Groups, School Holiday camps and activity days, Sibling Support, Balance, Children’s Rec, 10 – 13 yr rec Program and Family Support, Administration, After Work Social Club, Summer Holiday Adult Respite Program and Corporate opportunities.

Relevant Award Section:Service

Web: http://www.ioe.org.au/
Phone: Marcelo Calderon 0438 444 772
Email: marcelo.calderon@ioe.org.au

Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp has been providing expedition preparation programs and facilitated expeditions for many years. Programs are designed to consider the different strengths and skill sets of individuals so participants get opportunities to be really comfortable and successful and also to be challenged. A typical program might include the giant seesaw, the water course, the challenge ropes course, some performance, short bush walks and will often also include relaxation sessions and discussions about strengths.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Phone: (03) 5786 5230
Email: office@krwc.com.au

With a focus on young people, Lord and Lady Somers Camps have a range of experiential programs and activities that provide personal and leadership development opportunities delivered in a fun and friendly environment. The programs provide unique opportunities for individual growth, to enhance collective wellbeing and build individuals capacity to contribute to the strengthening of the community in the wider world.

Relevant Award Section: RP

Web: www.lordsomerscamp.org.au
Phone: (03) 9510 7066
Email: info@lordsomerscamp.org.au

The Lort Smith Animal Hospital provides high quality veterinary care at a reduced cost for the pets of people in need as well as shelter services for injured, surrendered and abandoned pets that have no-one to care for them. We care for surrendered and unwanted animals in our dedicated cattery and kennels and re-home thousands of cats and dogs each year. There are a range of activities that volunteers can be involved in, both in the shelter and hospital, and outside in the community.

Relevant Award Section: Service

Web: www.lortsmith.com
Phone: (03) 9328 3021
Email: volunteer@lortsmith.com

Murray River Horse trails specialise in school camps offering a well rounded insight into not only horsemanship and riding skills, but camping and outdoor living. They can cater to everything from a simple 2 hour horse ride to week long camping and self discovery experiences for young people.

Relevant Award Section: Physical Rec, AJ

Web: www.murrayriverhorsetrails.com
Phone: (03) 5868 2221

Out Doors Inc. is a mental health organisation that delivers a range of outdoor adventure and recreation programs to support overall wellbeing amongst their participants. Out Doors provides camps for people at risk or experiencing mental health issues in Victoria. They are also able to provide groups with complete, orgnanised camps.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: http://outdoorsinc.org.au/
Phone: (03) 9417 2111

Founded in 1984, The Outdoor Education Group is an independent organisation that provides outdoor education and recreation experiences for tens of thousands of participants each year. The Outdoor Education Group custom-designs programs, from fully resourced journey-based school outdoor education programs to centre-based camps suitable for all school and community groups.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: http://www.oeg.org.au/
Phone: (03) 5774 2617

Outward Bound Australia is an independent, not-for-profit outdoor education organisation that exists to empower people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as individuals and future leaders. Some of the activities in the courses may include: expeditioning, Ropes Course (high and low), abseiling, rock climbing, rafting and/or raft-building, canoeing, navigating, bush cooking, Solo, and team building games and initiatives.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.outwardbound.org.au
Phone: 1800 267 999

People Outdoors strives to provide recreation activities to all people with disabilities. This includes various types of outdoor adventure programs and weekend camping experiences. The organisations aim is to achieve "Adventure for All" and to promote cooperation, leadership and self-esteem.

Relevant Award Section: RP

Web: www.peopleoutdoors.org.au
Phone: (03) 9365 7150

Quest Skills for Life is a unique Outdoor Education organisation that focuses on the leadership and development of young people, helping them become better equipped for life. The organisation can run enhanced and exciting Duke of Edinburgh programs where young people will feel a real sense of achievement.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.questskillsforlife.com.au
Phone: 1300 390 818
Email: info@questskillsforlife.com.au

The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. Volunteers are an integral part of all levels of RSPCA operations - from National and State Councils to vets, customer service assistants, animal attendants, gardeners and everything in between. Volunteers assist in many ways including caring for animals in the shelters, assisting with administrative tasks and helping out in the shopfronts.

Relevant Award Section: Service

Web: www.rspca.org.au
Phone: (03) 9224 2222

Rubicon Outdoor Centre is a residential Outdoor Education School with two campuses offering programs for young people. Activities to compliment these programs include bush walking, canoeing caving, cross-country skiing, environmental studies, expeditions, high ropes, horse riding, initiative activities and more. The environment is used as a medium for building leadership, personal development and teamwork, through residential, single-day and off-campus programs.

Relevant Award Section: Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.rubicon.vic.edu.au
Phone: (03) 5773 2285

Scouts are in every part of our community, and Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. This aim is achieved through a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Physical Rec, AJ, RP

Web: www.vicscouts.com.au
Phone: (03) 8543 9800
Email: marketing@vicscouts.asn.au

St John Ambulance Australia is a self-funding charitable organisation active in all states and territories, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. St John is Australia's leading provider of first aid training, first aid services at public events and supplier of first aid kits and equipment.

Relevant Award Section: Service

Web: www.stjohn.org.au
Phone: (03) 8588 8588


The Big Issue Classroom provides primary secondary and tertiary groups with a ‘real-life’ insight into homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage, as experienced by thousands of Australians every night. Participants hear first-hand from people who have experienced homelessness, helping to break down stereotypes surrounding disadvantage in the community.

Relevant Award Section: Service, Skill

Web: www.thebigissue.org.au/the-big-issue-classroom-about
Phone: (03) 9663 4533
Email: classroom@bigissue.org.au

The Portsea Camp is one of Australia’s premier children’s camps with countless opportunities for young people to develop skills for life. Some exciting activities offered include the flying fox, high ropes course, orienteering, tug of war and many more. The camp is in prime location of the beach and Point Nepean National Park.

Relevant Award Section: RP

Web: www.theportseacamp.com.au
Phone: (03) 5984 2333
Email: info@theportseacamp.com

Triumph Tutoring is a tutoring organisation set up by a Bronze Duke of Ed Awardee. Run in the Northern, Eastern and North Eastern suburbs, they would love Duke of Ed participants to come and volunteer to tutor students of all secondary school ages. Please take a look at their website for more details.

Relevant Award Section: Service

Web: http://www.triumphtutoring.com.au/
Phone:1800 663 557
Email: evan@triumphtutoring.com.au

Orienteering Victoria is the governing body for orienteering in Victoria and actively supports the many forms of this popular sport, enjoyed in a wide variety of locations across the State. Orienteering Victoria runs a number of programs and professional development courses designed for young people and especially beginners.

Relevant Award Section: Skill, Physical Rec

Web: www.vicorienteering.asn.au
Phone: (03) 8846 4140
Email: voa@netspace.net.au

Through outdoor education, Wollangarra aims to provide a small but vital step towards a healthier environment, a stronger community and happier young people. We believe that by doing rather than talking, and fixing rather than complaining, we can help young people to see environmental issues as exciting and demanding challenges to the way we live, rather than as endlessly depressing and negative threats to our future.

Relevant Award Section: AJ, RP

Web: www.wollangarra.org.au
Phone: (03) 5148 0492

YMCA manage camps in seven unique locations across Victoria, providing opportunities for all people to grow in body, mind and spirit. From leadership, surf, ski through to beach programs, YMCA offers a range of camping programs that are specifically designed to achieve the desired learning outcomes.

Relevant Award Section: Service, RP

Web: www.camps.ymca.org.au

Camp Evelyn
Phone: (03) 9736 2228

Lady Northcote
Phone: (03) 53692224

Camp Manyung
Phone: (03) 9787 1867

Anglesea Recreation Camp
Phone: (03) 5263 2001

  • “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
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