Welcome to the Award in Victoria
Awards Victoria Ltd is the State Operating Authority for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Victoria. Through our partnerships with schools, educational and community organisation, we facilitate the delivery of the Award.
With a strategic focus on disadvantaged and remote communities, we aim to ensure that all young Victoria’s have access to the Award. Through the Award and it’s benefits, our mission is to prepare young Victorians for life and work, equipping them with the skills to meet challenges such as increased youth unemployment and a changing education landscape.
We also partner with a range of educational institutions, government departments and community organisations to create more equitable education & employment opportunities for young people. Through these partnerships we also provide ongoing leadership and development opportunities for young people, that extend beyond the completion of the Award.
REGISTER FOR THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD
UPCOMING EVENTS AND TRAINING
Level 2 – Award Administration Training (AAT) – Level 2 AAT training is conducted both online and in person in our Fitzroy office.
*Award Leaders must complete Level 2 within 3 months and no later than 12 months of their ORB registration being accepted and completion of Level 1 Training.
- Friday 7th May
- Thursday 10th June
- Thursday 5th August
- Friday 3rd September
- Thursday 28th October
- Friday 12th November
- Thursday 25th November
- Thursday 2nd December
- Friday 10th December
Please click the link below to see which trainings will be delivered online, times, and further details.
Gold Award Ceremonies
The Award in VIC organises and funds Gold Award Ceremonies to ensure that every Victorian that completes a Gold Award is recognised and celebrated for this achievement.
Venue & Dates:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions Gold Award Ceremonies were cancelled in 2020. Gold Award Ceremonies will run in 2021 to cover Participants who completed their Gold Award over 2020 and 2021. Dates TBC.
Strengthening Your Award Program Masterclass
Please note: training is free but advanced bookings are essential.
The ‘Strengthening Your Award Masterclass is for all Award Leaders across Victoria and is a wonderful opportunity to join our Duke of Ed Award experts as we focus on the multitude of ways you can further strengthen your Award Program, and help grow the Duke of Ed community in your school or organisation. This masterclass will leave you feeling both confident and well-versed in understanding the strategies and processes worth implementing at your school/organisation, so that you can expand the impact and reach of your Duke of Ed Award community. We look forward to having you onboard this highly worthwhile session!
Venues and Times:
Wednesday 12th May
4pm to 5pm ONLINE.
Young Award Leader Training
The Young Award Leader (YAL) program is for Duke of Ed Participants with an interest in developing their leadership skills, as well as supporting the Duke of Ed program at their Award Centre. YALs can use either their Skills or Voluntary Service section of their Award to support the Award program at their Award Centre. Common activities that YALs undertake include arranging Participant catch up meetings, creating posters/videos, and organising presentations, however they can be as creative as they wish!
Professional leadership training events will be held in May for YALs at no cost, with both face to face or online options available. These training events are a chance for young leaders from across Victoria to interact and will equip them with skills in areas such as communication, time management, and event planning.
If you are an Award Leader who knows of a Participant who may be interested, or you are an interested Participant, please see the form linked here to apply.
For further information on the YALs program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUKE 4SPORT – Pilot Program
Duke 4 Sport is an initiative that connects young people to their local community sporting clubs through activities Participants conduct as part of their Award. The initiative aims to provide young people with more meaningful activity opportunities that can be conducted in safe and welcoming spaces, and that strengthen the connection between young people and their local community and peer group. The pilot program aims to refine the types of activities that will be provided by clubs and the overall experience for both Participants and clubs, to ensure a best practice model is developed before we offer this initiative to all sporting clubs across Victoria.
Please contact Johanna Leitch, Marketing and Partnerships for more information: Johannal@dukeofedvic.org.au
“Hi, my name is Hannah. I am in Year 11 at Gippsland Grammar and I’m currently working on my Duke of Ed Gold Award.
My goal is to successfully complete it by my 17th birthday in October.
For my Skill, I am learning piano and studying the AMEB grade 8 level syllabus. My physical activity is swimming and I train with the East Gippsland Water Dragons swimming club. Earlier this year I qualified for the Victorian State Open Championships in the women’s 50m and 100m butterfly events with personal best times and a gold medal at the Gippsland championships. For the service component of the Award, I play music for nursing home residents with my three younger siblings.
The COVID-19 restrictions have made life difficult especially for Victorian students in 2020. Continuing with the Duke of Edinburgh award has been challenging but extremely worthwhile. It has required a significant amount of creative thinking, problem-solving and use of technology.”
Read her full story here: https://dukeofed.com.au/story/hannahs-goal/
Sharing Your Story
Your story could inspire more young people to get involved with The Duke of Ed!
Head here for more information on how to share your Story!
TERTIARY EDUCATION PATHWAYS
Early Entry Pathways
La Trobe University’s Aspire Program
Completing your Award through University
The following Victorian Higher Education Institutions now offer the Award on Campus.
Melbourne City Institute of Education
Award Centre Fee
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award $610
*Additional Campus $260
The Award Centre fee includes:
-Materials and resources
-Ongoing enquiry support
-Initial training meetings
-Professional Development days
-Duke of Ed staff availability to attend workshops, student& parent info sessions and Award presentations
Please note: this is an annual fee, payable each calendar year. Under the licensing agreement, all young people involved with this operator are eligible to participate in any of the Award Centre’s registered Awards.
2021 Participant Fee:
The Participant fee includes:
-Materials and resources
-Ongoing enquiry support
-Award Level badge and certificate
Please note: these fees apply to the Award levels and is active for as long as the Participant takes to complete that level.