Delivering the Award – Dukeofed
Delivering the Award

Delivering the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is delivered globally. Any organisation that works directly with young people can deliver the Award.

The Award can be delivered by schools, prisons, by Scout and Guide groups, in business or in youth clubs, as well as by governments. It offers organisations a way of gaining accreditation for development activities with young people.

Organisational benefits of delivering the Award

Delivering the Award brings your organisation many benefits, not least the opportunity to help develop young people and support them on their journey to a better future. By delivering the Award your organisation will:

  • Support your organisation’s strategy and specific goals
  • Greatly help to develop the lives of young people and their communities
  • Become part of an international network of Award Centres, Award Leaders and like-minded individuals and organisations
  • Complement existing extra-curricular activities that you provide and receive recognition for them
  • Give young people the opportunity to achieve the world’s leading youth Award


The governance structure of the Award is based on a social franchise model using a multi-tier set of licences. As an international organisation, The International Award Foundation, governed by its Trustees has the overall responsibility of the Award. The International Award Association is a member organisation that facilitates the delivery of the Award through it member countries.

Download the Divisional Structure

Delivering the Award in Australia

There are three levels of licence:

  1. National Award Operator (NAO)
  2. Award Operating Authority (AOA or Division)
  3. Award Centres

National Award Operator (NAO)

The National Award Operator is a company with the sole object of managing the Award in Australia. It is supported by a second body – The Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia, who have the important responsibility of fund raising and advocating on behalf of the Award

If you would like to deliver the Award, you must contact your State or Territory office.


Award Operating Authority (AOA or Division)

Every State/Territory has an office, licensed by the NAO to run the Award in that State or Territory. These offices are the main point of contact and support all the Award Centres, Award Leaders and Participants in that State or Territory. Contact your Division office


Award Centres

Award Centres are licensed by their Award Operating Authority in every State/Territory to deliver the Award to young people in their organisation or in their local community.

These Award Centres nominate a key point of contact, known as an Award Leader, to run the Award.

Award Leaders

Award Leaders help Participants with their Award by monitoring, discussing, encouraging and motivating them to reach their goals!

Award Leaders are assisted in this role with:

Training: face to face and tele-conference

– An Online Record Book (ORB) to manage participant records and monitor their Award activity

Resources and templates

– Phone and onsite support

– Extended hours ORB Help Desk