About Awards WA


Since our inception in 1962 as the State Award Committee, and then as a formally Incorporated Association in 1985, the Association’s major focus has been the delivery of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Duke of Ed Award) in WA.

The Association acts as the State Award Office for the Duke of Ed Award under a License with the National Award Authority and with the assistance of our volunteer network, supports over 3,000 young people annually.

With a change of name in 2018 from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia (WA Division) Inc. to Awards WA Inc., the Association introduced a new award program – the Ignite Award: a challenging program of discovery for young people aged 10 – 14 years old.

Awards WA Inc. is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Our Vision

All young people in Western Australia are empowered to explore their potential and achieve success through participation in our youth achievement and recognition Award programs.

Our Purpose

To provide, promote and preserve a framework of Award participation that equips, engages and empowers all young people in Western Australia to explore their potential.

Our Values

Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

Inclusiveness – we respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality

Participation – we value and recognise the engagement of our Participants and the contribution of volunteers within their organisations and communities

Quality – we strive for excellence through continuous improvement

Openness – we are committed to a culture of teamwork and collaboration

Our Stakeholders

We work with an amazing community of stakeholders including: our Participants, Award Leaders, schools and community groups, Government Departments (Department of Communities), other Award Authorities, Sponsors, other not for profit organisations, Ambassadors, Adult Mentors for our Participants (Assessors) and a vast range of youth service providers.

Our Team

  • Katie Brown — Chief Executive Officer: Connect with me on LinkedIn
  • Teagan Brown — Programs Manager: Connect with me on LinkedIn
  • Laura McHutchison – Programs Officer: Connect with me on LinkedIn
  • Delys Day — Finance and Administration Officer
  • Mark Enright — Finance Manager
  • Mark Hodgson – Volunteer Open Award Centre Leader