What is The Duke of Ed

The world awaits you

Are you ready to choose your own adventure, meet new friends and connect to a world of opportunity?

Show the world what you’re made of, while changing it for the better. Go for The Duke of Ed!

In a nutshell: what is The Duke of Ed?

The Duke of Ed is an internationally recognised Award program for anyone aged 14 to 25.

Basically, you choose an activity or activities for each of the four Award Sections — Service, Physical Recreation, Skill and Adventurous Journey — and then do these activities for an agreed period which can be anything from a few months up to a few years, depending on the level (Bronze, Silver or Gold). If you’re going for the Gold Award, you also undertake a Residential Project.

You choose the activities and set yourself goals, and we help you come up with the plan to achieve them. Like to climb mountains? Play sport? Make movies? Challenge yourself to a survival camp? Volunteer to help improve people’s lives? Whatever it is, The Duke of Ed’s got you covered.

So grab the chance to challenge yourself and design a program that’s as unique and memorable as you!

Find out about The Duke of Ed and how it works!

Benefits of participating

What can you actually get out of doing the Award?

Award Sections

Find out about the Sections (including benefits and requirements) and Assessors. Plus, find heaps of great activity ideas!


How to get started

You can do the Award through a registered Award Unit or as an Independent Participant.


Service providers

Browse through this directory on various organisations that can provide Duke of Ed opportunities.



Continue your involvement with The Duke of Ed and join our Alumni!



We want you to feel safe when completing your Award activities. If you have any questions or concerns please visit:

  • “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