How To Get Involved

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.

Key responsibilities:

  • 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.

  • “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