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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia is the National Award Operator in Australia, licensed by the International Award Foundation to deliver the Award. We license Award Operating Authorities who in turn license organisations that deliver youth services as Award Centres. This licence requires organisations have policies and procedures to safeguard young people. 

When young people decide to participate in the Award, they register with an Award Centre as an Award Participant. As part of their Award, young people may undertake activities through activity providers, or organisations, not licensed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia or its Award Operating Authorities. The Award Centre is responsible for ensuring these activity providers uphold safeguarding policies and procedures of both its organisation and the Award. Award Centres and activity providers are responsible for obtaining the consent of parents, carers and guardians where Award Participants are under 18 years old. 

More information, advice and access to support services is widely available. The Australian Government maintains a list of support services and groups available nationally and specific to each state and territory.