The Award, which provides long-term benefits for young people and the community, can be undertaken in a variety of settings (including schools, universities, community groups, juvenile justice centres, disability centres, and within indigenous, CALD and disadvantaged communities). Undertaking the Award is a positive challenge for both you and the young people you work with.
To deliver the programs, you must become a registered Award Unit.
Duke of Ed Victoria is here to help, so please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.
To become an Award Unit
1. Seek out knowledge
Find out about the Award. We recommend that you contact us to discuss your needs and how the programs can work within your setting and be mapped to curriculum streams and learning outcomes (Advance, VCAL, VCE, VET and IB, for example). You can also download Useful Resources
2. Express your interest
Express your interest in delivering the Award by submitting the online Award Unit Expression of Interest Form.
You will also need to nominate a member of your team to take on the role of Award Leader.
3. Register your Award Unit to use the Online Record Book
You will have to register your school or organisation to use the International Online Record Book (IORB).
Fees and funding
Award Units pay an annual fee to deliver the Award. Participants also pay a fee for each level of the Award program they undertake. Whether Award Units absorb, subsidise or pass on the cost of Participant fees is dependent on each Award Unit, and is a decision made independently of Duke of Ed Victoria.
You can read about the fees and what they cover in the current 2017 Award Fee Structure
If Award Units and Participants need help with fees, they can apply for the Awards Funding Assistance Program (AFAP) – a program that subsidises the cost of the Award for young people and Award Units who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate due to social and economic disadvantage.
Models of delivery
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides a flexible Award framework, enabling each organisation the ability to deliver an entirely tailored Award program.
The types of programs and how you choose to deliver them will depend on the needs of the young people you work with, and the scope of your work. There are a number of flexible options.
Download and refer to the Duke of Ed Models of Delivery for some great ideas on how you could deliver the Award.
Role of Award Leaders
The Award Leader is the main contact for the Award Unit, and is responsible for coordinating the program within their setting. The Award Leader’s role is to engage young people in the program and encourage, inspire and guide them.
- Complete Level 1 Award Leader Training online
- Registering each Participant
- Assisting in the selection of Assessors
- Helping identify activities and goals
- Answering questions and liaising with Duke of Ed Victoria
- Providing information to colleagues, Participants and Assessors
- Adhering to risk-management policies and legislation
- Reviewing Online Record Books before submitting them to Duke of Ed Victoria for assessment
Award Leaders can also nominate Youth Award Leaders to help drive the program, increase engagement and provide support to their peers.
In addition to support and training from the Duke of Ed Victoria team, there are a number of Resources that can help you deliver a strong program – including templates, activity ideas, service providers and case studies.