Gold Award Ceremonies - Dukeofed

Gold Award Ceremonies

The Award Operating Authority (State/Territory offices) holds ceremonies for Participants who have achieved their Gold Award.

When a Participant’s Gold Award has been approved by the Award Operating Authority, both the Participant and their Award Leader are sent a confirmation email. The Gold Award badge is then mailed to the Participant’s home address.

Participants will receive an invitation to attend a Gold Award ceremony – usually within 12 months of completing their Gold Award. Participant invitations will be emailed approximately 8 weeks prior to their presentation date (up to two guests may also attend)

For example, in NSW, Gold Award Ceremonies are held at Government House several times a year where the Vice-Regal Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (NSW Division), Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of New South Wales presents Gold Award Participants with their certificates.

Award Leaders are also invited to attend the Ceremony and are presented to the Governor after the Award Participants have received their certificates.

Upcoming Award Ceremonies are listed below. For more information please contact your local State or Territory office 


NSW Award Ceremonies

Date:  Advised upon invitation

Time: Advised upon invitation. Gold Award Holders MUST arrive 1 hour prior to their presentation time.

Location: Gold Award Presentations will be held at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney (opposite NSW Parliament House), followed by a morning or afternoon tea reception at Government House, Conservatorium Road, Sydney.

Gold Awardee Reflection - As a part of your Gold Award Ceremony registration you will be asked to provide a Gold Award reflection. Your reflection provides the opportunity to share your Gold Award highlights and/or achievements and will be read out as you are presented with your Gold Award Certificate at an official Gold ceremony. As an important part of the Ceremony, you are encouraged to put some thought into your reflection. In preparation of receiving your invitation to a Gold Award Ceremony it is suggested that you prepare your Gold Award reflection. You can view reflection requirements and ideas here


Gold Award Presentation

St Stephens Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney (opposite NSW Parliament House).

St Stephens Uniting Church is approximately 2 minutes walk from either Martin Place and St James Train Stations, or 10 minutes walk from Circular Quay.

The nearest Parking Stations are at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Eye Hospital, and the Domain.


Morning/Afternoon Tea Reception

Government House, Sydney, Conservatorium Road, Sydney.

Government House is a 15 minute walk from St Stephen’s Uniting Church.

There is no public parking available at Government House.



Award Holders and guests are reminded that Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of New South Wales is the Queen's representative and they are requested to dress appropriately.

Awardees may wear their Gold Award Badge.

Ladies: Cocktail - Day dress, skirt and jacket or pants suit. School uniform or uniformed youth group apparel is acceptable. Jeans and sneakers are not acceptable.

Gentlemen: Lounge Suit - Jacket and tie or a suit and tie. School uniform or uniformed youth group apparel is acceptable. Jeans and sneakers are not acceptable.

Award Holders are advised to dress appropriately to the weather conditions.


  1. Award Holders MUST arrive by their given arrival time. This information is provided in your booking information.
  2. Award Holders will be directed to assemble in alphabetical order, guided to their seated positions and then given final instructions.
  3. When the Presentation commences, the MC will announce the recipient's name in alphabetical order to receive their Certificate from the Governor.
  4. After the conclusion of the formal Presentation, there will be group photographs. Guests are invited to Government House to enjoy refreshments in the Colonnade area. The State Rooms will be open for viewing. Award Holders may proceed to Government House after their group photo.


A professional photographer will photograph each Awardee receiving their certificate. Proofs of the photograph and an order form will be sent directly to Award Holders within 10 days of the event. Guests may take photographs in the Church.  Photographs are permitted within Government House.



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