To connect with your community and give service to others and their communities.

Service is all about giving back. Whatever passions you have, whether it’s care and concern for the environment, a love of animals, a desire to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate or a wish to help the sick or elderly, the Service Section offers the structure to fulfill these passions.

Service: the benefits

Service offers the opportunity to engage with society and understand the importance of our role within it. It offers the chance to connect with new people and groups, and to make a real difference to others’ lives.

By getting involved with the community, you can enjoy making a real difference to others, developing a greater responsibility to yourself and wider society. Hopefully, this will inspire you to form a rewarding lifelong habit of community involvement and voluntary service.

Service activity ideas

From aged care and bush regeneration to meals on wheels, tree-planting or surf life saving — do whatever it is that inspires and interests you! The possibilities are endless, and really only limited to your imagination.

Chat to your Award Leader or to us about your ideas and how we can make them happen!

Get inspired by some great Service stories!

Service requirements

For this Section, Participants must:

  1. undertake a regular activity in which they are donating time to a genuine cause.
  2. do this activity for the minimum time requirements, depending on the Award level chosen.
  3. show regular commitment, progress and improvement.
  4. understand that regular commitment means at least one (1) hour per week, two (2) hours per fortnight.
  5. undertake activities substantially in their own time. This means that although some activity can take place in school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside these times.

For some activities, formal or informal training could be required. This will need to be checked with the organisation that the Participant is volunteering with. Required training can be used towards the time requirements.

Please note that the Service activity must not be to benefit the Participant’s family. It must also meet a genuine need, and not just provide a favour to a friend or neighbour or be based on a required vocational or work-experience activity.

Like all Sections of The Duke of Ed, choosing what or who to volunteer for is a personal choice. Each Participant should choose a Service activity that interests them. This could be something entirely new, or something they might already be involved in.

Some Participants might feel comfortable ‘doing it alone’ and choosing something that none of their friends is doing. Others might choose an activity that they can do with their friends, with the group offering the inspiration and motivation needed to get through.

The important thing is for Participants to choose something that they are interested in, challenge themselves, and undertake an activity that makes a real contribution to their community. All Service activities must be unpaid.

  • “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