The Award is a leading structured youth development program, empowering all young Australians between the age of 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations. Students are able to use both extracurricular school activities and club or personal pursuits in the community towards their Award.
Students who take part in the Award choose and complete a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and go on an adventure. All Participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, Supervisors, and mentors. Students self-manage their Award through an Online Record Book. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award includes three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging. There are four sections to each Award: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey plus a fifth section; Residential Project at Gold Level.