Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading youth development program, empowering young people to explore their full potential. It presents a balanced, noncompetitive program of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.
The Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.
The Award is widely recognised and is part of an international network of over 143 countries and territories and eight million Awardees.
Achieving the Award
The Award is comprised of three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each level is progressively more challenging. Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold Award participants are also required to complete an additional section which is a Residential Project.
Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self improvement through persistence and achievement. It is solely concerned with individual effort and does not take into account competition between participants.
There is no discrimination against participation on the grounds of gender, race, religion or political affiliation.
The Ten Guiding Principles
The following ten principles encapsulate the basis of the Award, its rules and operation.
Benefits to Participants
- Although completion of an Award in no way ensures employment, it is a definite advantage. Our research shows us that Awardees do have an edge!
- With the Award's emphasis on involvement in activities during the participants’ own time, young people learn to make constructive use of leisure time.
- Participants in the Award help to improve the quality of the communities in which they live.
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is one of the most positive forces today in the nurturing of good citizenship.
- Through personal commitment to achieve an Award, young people acquire essential life skills.
- As the Award is based on individual achievement, participants develop in character acquiring qualities such as self-confidence, perseverance and integrity.
- The Duke's Award is fun! Participants can expect to discover a new enthusiasm and a sense of adventure
The Award at TAS
In recent years, TAS has seen numerous students complete their Gold Award and many more complete their Silver and Bronze Awards.
Participants will be facilitated and supported throughout the process and opportunities will be provided to assist in the completion of their Award.
Participation is entirely voluntary and the individual has freedom of choice in the selection of locally available options within the four sections.
For more information, the Award Coordinator Sarah Warren can be contacted at email@example.com.
Further information and forms can be found at the following Queensland Government website: https://www.qld.gov.au/youth/be-involved-have-your-say/duke-of-ed/.