Open Award Centre - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Australia


What is an Open Award Centre (OAC)?

YouthAdvance has a goal to offer the Award to as many young Australians as possible. As an Open Award Centre (OAC), this means that the Award is Open to Everyone! 

The YouthAdvance Open Award Centre is open for those between 14 and 25 (or part of per group of 14). Our staff are all passionate and dedicated to helping young Australians reach their Award. All YA team members either hold an Award or have been involved directly in other ways over the years as assessors or supervisors. Young people wishing to participate in the Award need to be part of a school or an organisation licenced to deliver the Award. The YouthAdvance Open Award Centre is perfect for participants whose schools, universities, or workplaces can not offer the Award.

The YouthAdvance OAC provides its participants with the framework to achieve their Award. Our Award Leaders guide, motivate and provide assistance via a range of methods and tools. No matter your location, personal challenges or physical abilities, we are here to assist you with your Award journey, from Bronze through to Gold Level. All we ask is you have the desire to become #WorldReady

The YA OAC is also perfect for school leavers who wish to complete the Award post-education. Participants can transfer across to YouthAdvance to finish their current level and move forward from there. 

Why Choose YouthAdvance?

Our passion for working with young Australians and helping them achieve their goals, build resilience in these challenging times and encourage confidence is why we are the leaders in this field. 

Our management team and several members of our Award Leader and AJ staff have completed the Award. So we, therefore, have a keen understanding of what our participants are working towards and the challenges they will face. Our team works with our participants, guiding them through the process to help them overcome the challenges and increase their confidence in decision-making. 

YouthAdvance prides itself on providing quality services in line with the philosophy of the Award. We allow our participants to practice and refine their leadership skills, challenge themselves, and develop communication, teamwork, and mental stamina. Our participants walk away with a sense of purpose, a drive for change and a lasting impression of both the Award and YouthAdvance. 

How it Works?

As an Open Award Centre, our role is to assist and encourage our participants to work independently to achieve their goals using the Award as the framework.

As a member (Award Participant) of YA, a YA membership provides you with access to the following services and events, all designed to help you get started as quickly as possible:

  • A Dedicated Award Leader who is assigned to you as your main YA contact.
  • Two information meetings for parents which are held in March and November each year.
  • Regular open monthly voluntary participant meetings via Zoom (recorded and sent to all participant) coordinated at a state and national level.
  • Two set up meetings dedicated to helping our participants get started (Online Record Book registration, Award set up, logging hours) run at your venue or via Zoom.
  • Two Award completion meetings (Award completion, Award Logs reviewed, AJ Reports, Assessor Reports, Award sign off process)
  • Unlimited one on one phone, email and zoom support as required with their YouthAdvance Award Leader
  • Free attendance to the YouthAdvance Award Youth Forum held annually

Our open state and national “Zoom” meetings are excellent learning opportunities, sharing ideas and connecting with other young Aussies in the same situation. We also find these meetings motivational to many, which aids in keeping those hours being logged.

Where can I do my Award?

YouthAdvance is proud to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as an Open Award Centre for Bronze, Silver and Gold, Australia Wide. YouthAdvance is licenced to provide the Award in the following states and territories;

  • New South Wales (NSW)
  • Australia Capital Territory (ACT)
  • South Australia (SA)
  • Western Australia (WA)
  • Queensland (QLD)
  • Victoria (VIC)
  • Northern Territory (NT) – currently in negotiations with the State Award Operating Authority
  • Tasmania (TAS)

School Partnerships

For schools and organisations that want to partner with us to become a Client Award Centre or get some assistance with AJs, check out our info page HERE.