What is the Open Award Centre (OAC)?
The OAC is an Award Unit without membership restrictions. It is a way for Participants to complete their Award when the Award is not offered at their school, university or local organisation. Some young people do not have access to organisations which deliver the Award, but the OAC can bring the Duke of Ed to you! It is also a useful way for participants to transfer their Award registration when leaving their school/club and are keen to complete their Award.
Find your Local Open Award Centre
Each state or territory has an Award Unit dedicated to running your Open Award – see list below. Please note that in NSW and QLD it is run by the National Award Authority.
If you wish to discuss doing the Award through an Open Award Centre before registering your interest online please contact your local state or territory office first.
|Operating Authority||Award Unit|
|Australian Capital Territory||Open Award Centre ACT|
|National Award Authority||National Open Award Centre|
|New South Wales||run by the National Award Authority and local PCYC Clubs|
|Northern Territory||Open Award Centre NT|
|Queensland||run by the National Award Authority and local PCYC Clubs|
|South Australia||SA Open Award Centre|
|Tasmania||Open Award Centre Tas|
|Victoria||Victorian Open Award Centre|
|Western Australia||Western Australia Open Award Centre|
Registering for the Award for the first time, through an Open Award Centre
Register your interest as an Award Participant using the Online Record Book process.
Select your ‘International region’ as Asia Pacific: ‘Country’ as Australia: ‘Operating Authority’ from the list above find who runs the Open Award in your area. Note for QLD and NSW participants select “National Award Authority” and then select “National Open Award Centre”
Finally, complete and submit your Participant registration form with the payment if appropriate. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted by the relevant OAC Award Leader, you may begin your Award.
Transferring to an Open Award Centre from a licensed Award Unit where you first signed up
If you are already registered with an Award Unit you need to contact your State/Territory office to arrange transfer to an Open Award Centre.
There is a massive choice of activities that count towards your Award. Participants can select practically any activity they wish, as long as it is legal and morally acceptable. It could be something you are already involved in or something completely new to you.
Make sure your Award Leader approves your activity choices for your section before you start.
Before starting each section be sure that your Assessor is aware that you are doing your Duke of Ed Award, and that they are willing to supply an Assessor’s Report at the end of your section. Please ensure that you put details (e.g. name, email and contact number) of your Assessor on your ORB account when you are adding information about your chosen section, as your Award Leader may occasionally need to get in contact with your Assessor.
You should collect evidence of what you did throughout your Award, as this demonstrates your regular participation in each section. You can record evidence and get it approved by your Award Leader through your ORB.
Make sure you upload evidence and always upload an Assessor’s Report for each section. In addition, make sure your Assessor writes your report so that it is personal to you. The Assessor’s feedback needs to reflect your personal journey and a demonstration of what you have accomplished independently and as a team member on your expedition.
To help yourself along the way we recommend for most sessions of your activity, you collect a variety of evidence such as photos, videos, audios, certificates, and upload a report.
If your Award Leader has concerns with the submitted evidence they will contact you and tell you what is required so that your section can be approved.
Keeping in touch
Your Open Award Centre – Award Leader is there to support you throughout the process, but you can also contact the ORB Helpdesk for any issues you may be having on the ORB. You can also contact your Award Leader if you’re feeling demotivated and talk through to work out what might help you.
Once you have completed your Bronze or Silver Award and it has been approved and signed off, you will be mailed a certificate, congratulations letter and a badge to remember your achievement.
If you have completed your Gold Award, you will receive your congratulations letter and badge in the post, and you will be invited to a Gold Award Presentation where you will receive your certificate. This is an amazing day where you have the opportunity to meet guest speakers and learn of their experiences. This is a great occasion to meet other participants who have endeavoured through the great Gold journey just as you have.
The Gold Award Presentation is a place to be proud of yourself and fellow participants; this is a day for you.