A Board of Trustees internationally controls The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award Program is administered on behalf of the Trustees by the International Award Association, currently based in London. The Board of Trustees has delegated responsibility for the Award and authority for its operation in Australia (through a triannual licence) to the National Award Authority. The trust deed dated the 18th January, 1961, as amended, established the initial authority.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, a company limited by guarantee is licensed by the International Award Association as the National Award Authority in Australia. Purpose of the Policy This policy identifies the authority of the Australian National Award Authority (NAA) to operate The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia and the role of the Authority in ensuring that the Award Program is made available to the maximum number of young Australians as is possible.
The National Award Authority (NAA) in Australia has accepted to maintain the essential structure, basic conditions and philosophy of the Award as set out by the Board of Trustees. Together with all other National Award Authorities, the NAA will ensure the uniformity of the Program is met via the following four conditions:
1) The voluntary nature of participation by young people.
2) The age range of Participants from 14 to 24.
3) The structure of the Award Program, i.e. the four mandatory sections and its three levels of Award.
4) The minimum time requirement and other conditions laid down for the completion of each Award (as per the International Award Handbook).
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia