Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award - Do Dukes @ Arc

The Duke of Edinburgh Award was established in 1956 to motivate young people to have a balanced life. In 2009 a crew of avid 'Dukes' participants asked Arc to become a Dukes provider… so we did.

If you are 18 - 25 and interested in doing something that takes you beyond the everyday, then The Duke of Ed is for you!

Whether you started The Duke of Edinburgh at high school and would love to continue, or you've heard about it and want to give it a go, Arc can help.  You can get all the support you need to get your award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level!

There are three sections to each award: Physical Recreation, Service (Volunteering) and Skills, with the addition of an Adventurous Journey (and a Residential Project for Gold level).

There is a one-time registration fee for the award (for each award level). See below for prices.


Award Level

Arc Member Fee*

Non-Arc Member Fee










*The Arc member price is only applicable for full members of Arc, i.e. Arc members that are also current UNSW students.

While the program is open to non-Arc members, priority is given to Arc members when accepting participants into Arc's Duke of Edinburgh program. Arc reserves the right to limit the number of participants registered with our program.

SO! Here's what you need to do to complete the award with Arc from start to finish (now in 10 easy steps!):

1. Register to the Online Record Book (ORB) as an award participant and verify your email address (Award Unit: Asia Pacific > Australia > NSW Office of Sport & Recreation > ARC @ UNSW).
2. Join our Dukes @ Arc Facebook group for a way to connect with other participants on campus.
3. Fill in our Duke of Edinburgh Participant Information form on OrgSync
4. Head to Arc Reception to pay your registration fee (make sure the receptionist scans a copy of the receipt and sends it to dukes@arc.unsw.edu.au - it's the only way we'll know you have paid). We then confirm your registration on the ORB and you'll get your log in details.
5. Log into ORB and fill in your personal details and your award plan
6. Find an assessor for each section and get them to sign the volunteers code of conduct and your award plan and send that to us.
7. Complete your sections and adventurous journey (and residential project if completing gold) and ask loads of questions
8. Get the answers to your questions, submit reports and log hours on the ORB
9. Wait a bit
10. Receive award

Want to know more about how to get involved? Got questions?
Check out the Duke of Edinburgh Australia website HERE or email dukes@arc.unsw.edu.au