For Parents

Participating in the Award is an exciting journey for young people and their families.

Through a strong yet flexible framework, your daughter or son can design their own unique Award by choosing activities that spark their interest and challenge them to achieve great things. You play a vital role in this by providing support and encouragement as they work towards their goals.

Visit ‘About the Award’

Supporting your young person

The Award equips young people for life and work, whether it is through new activities, meeting new people or exploring an unfamiliar environment. Your child is responsible for their development and setting their Award goals.

With your support and motivation, you can help your son or daughter grow and develop. Encourage your daughter or son to take an active role in constructing their strategies to drive them forward.


Please contact us for current information on Award fees.

Funding Assistance may also be available.


Award Units

Award Units conduct The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia. The Award Units can be:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Tertiary institutions
  • Community organisations
  • Sporting or social clubs
  • Companies

Award Leaders

The Duke of Ed Award Leaders are the frontline communicators with your child, and are responsible for delivering the program within their area.

The Award Leader’s role is to engage, encourage and inspire young people throughout their Award journey.

Key responsibilities:

  • Guiding Participants through the Award and assisting them in finding suitable Assessors
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be more skilled, experienced or qualified in the activity than the Participant
  • Not be an immediate family member

For further information, contact your child’s Award Leader or the Award Unit.


Registration with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia provides Participants and recognised Volunteers with limited insurance in the areas of personal accident and public liability while undertaking Award activities. Please note:

  • If activities undertaken are considered to be in the high-risk category, responsibility for insurance is placed upon the Participant.
  • Insurance cover is only for Australia. If a Participant is undertaking any activities outside Australia, they must make their own insurance arrangements.

Please contact us for further information.


Child protection

Please contact us for the protocols surrounding the ‘Working with Children Check’.

Safety and risk-management

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is committed to the safety and protection of all young people and has developed a manual of processes, policies and procedures aimed at minimising all risk. All Federal and State/Territory laws in relation to working with children, child protection, child safety, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination apply.

Visit Resources page for more information.


Parents or guardians of Participants under 18 years of age must agree to the “Requirements and Conditions of doing the Award” before undertaking the Award.

Consent is to be given through the relevant Participation Application Form, which can be found under Participant Resources.

  • “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