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Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Western Downs Regional Council Award Unit

Western Downs Regional Council is strongly committed to assisting students to achieve success and the development of youth confidence and resilience.

The Duke of Edinburgh program will offer local youth the opportunity to participate in an internationally recognised development program that provides young people the opportunity to accept challenges and explore their interests in a program tailored to suit personal circumstances and choices.


What is Duke of Edinburgh International Award?

There are three levels of The Duke of Ed – Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve these awards, participants will complete an Adventurous Journey and regularly commit to three ongoing sections: learning a Skill, participating in a community Service and taking part in Physical Recreation.

In 2019, Western Downs Regional Council will be registering participants in the Bronze & Silver Awards.


Section What it’s about for participants
Service Connection with your community by giving service.

Any area of interest in the community, such as youth work, the environment or charity work.

Physical Recreation Improving your physical fitness and wellbeing.

This could be through a team sport, individual pursuit or simply getting out there and working up a sweat.

Skill Unleashing your talents and broadening your abilities.

Anything from refereeing, to DJing, to learning a musical instrument, to jewellery making. Do your thing!

Adventurous Journey This is the only section that requires the activity to be undertaken in a team.

Discovering your sense of adventure and bonding with your friends.


For more information on the Award visit the Duke of Edinburgh website or download the Participants Handbook.

For more details on the Award requirements, please refer to the Fact Sheet.


Benefits of completing the Award

Successful completion of The Duke of Ed during years 10 to 12 can contribute credit towards a student’s Queensland Certificate of Education (conditions apply) and is increasingly being recognised by potential employers.


Who can participate?

  • Western Downs Regional Council’s Award Unit will register and subsidise an intake of participants through an Expression of Interest Process.
  • Participants must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Participants must be residents of the Western Downs region.


How can I get involved?

To apply, simply complete and submit the Expression of Interest Form by Sunday 25 November 2018. 

Council’s Communities Team is available to answer any questions you may have about the program. Please contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL and ask for Lavinia or your local Community Activation Officer to find out more.