More young Australians will have the opportunity to take part in the world-renowned Duke of Edinburgh International Award thanks to a $3 million Morrison Government commitment in the 2021 Budget.
Over the next three years around 4,500 young people aged 14 to 24 will be able to apply for a grant to help meet the cost of participating in the awards.
It will be particularly focused on students who otherwise can’t afford it.
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the internationally recognised award had helped thousands of Australians develop important life skills over more than 60 years.
“The late Duke of Edinburgh lived a life of duty, perseverance and community service. This Award, which he established back in 1956, helps instil these values in our young people.
“They are enduring values and my hope is as many young people as possible will participate in the Award. This funding will give access to a further 4,500 students to participate who may not otherwise been able to afford it.” Minister Tudge said.
Since 1959, more than 775,000 young Australians have participated in the Awards, tackling a range of activities including rock climbing, playing an instrument and volunteering.
The Award encourages young people to engage in four different categories: physical recreation, skill, volunteer services and adventurous journey.
Since 2015, federal funding has supported the Award to help cover the costs associated with participating in the Award, including registration fees and expenses such as equipment hire and travel.
Those wanting to participate can apply online, and those requesting funding assistance can do so through their Award Leader.