Today more than 140 countries have adopted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program and more than 8 million young people have participated worldwide. Locally over 700,000 young people have participated the Award in Australia since it began in 1959.
The program gives a structure for young Australians aged 14 – 25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world. They will move beyond their comfort zones and gain a sense of real achievement and self-confidence.
Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia can be found right across the country, engaging over 40,000 young people and over 65,000 adult Volunteers annually. Our program is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through Government and independent schools, universities, and a wide range of organisations such as Indigenous communities, new refugee support programs, sports clubs, employers, prisons and youth detention centres and community organisations such as Surf Life Saving, disability groups and other youth programs. We also support Open Award Centres for young people to access the Award if there are no other convenient organisations in their community.
All young people in Australia are empowered to explore their potential and achieve success through access and participation in The Duke of Ed.
To provide, promote and preserve a framework of Award participation that equips, engages and empowers all young people in Australia to explore their potential and to better understand who they are.
Young people, regardless of their location or circumstance, are the central focus of all our endeavours.
- Established nationally in 1962, after being first introduced in Australia in 1959
- 40,000 young people participating annually
- Over 700,000 Participants have participated in the Award in Australia
- Supported by a network of 65,000+ adult volunteers acting as Award Leaders, Assessors and Supervisors
- Approximately 500,000 volunteer service hours pa by Award participants and adult volunteers
- The Duke of Ed operates in over 1,100 schools, youth organisations, community groups, correctional services, employers and Government departments.
- The Duke of Ed has minimal infrastructure of its own – it is used by established organisations such as schools, universities and community organisations to extend their programs and provide recognition for the activities that their youth undertake
- Increase participation of young people in the Award in Australia;
- Ensure our program is of the highest quality and is delivered effectively;
- Ensure sustainability of the Award;
- To promote equity and ensure that all young people, regardless of their circumstance, have easy access to the Award program;
- To position the Award as a leader in the delivery of highly recognised non-formal education
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