There are a few simple steps to follow in order to become an Award Agent and set up a strong Ignite Award within your organisation:
Step 1 – Seek Out Knowledge
It is recommended contacting the Awards WA office to discuss needs, and how the Award can work within specific settings and map to required outcomes.
Step 2 – Register your organisation
Register your organisation by completing the Award Agent Agreement Form. Once registration is received, an invoice will be issued for payment of the Annual Award Agent Registration Fee: $250 for single Award Units and $400 for State Bodies with multiple Award Sub-Agents. This fee covers items including:
- Administration costs
- Materials and resources
- Initial training and further required training
- Ongoing enquiry support
- A visit from our Programs Manager to your organisation
- Any other support your organisation may require to run the program
- Insurance coverage (limited)*
Step 3 – Appoint an Award Leader
An Ignite Leader is the main contact within the Award Agent and is responsible for running the Award within the organisation.
Step 4 – Involve Colleagues
Support from colleagues helps create a strong program and embeds it within the culture of the school or organisation. It is recommended that expressions of interests are circulated to identify colleagues willing to assist. By creating a support network within the organisation setting, it can improve the quality and strength of the Ignite Award experience for all involved.
Step 5 – Include Parents
Gaining parental/guardian support is essential to Ignite Award’s success – particularly as most participants’ activities will be undertaken within their own time.
Step 6 – Engage young people
Sparking the interest of young people is key to building a strong Ignite Award. It is recommended that an information session for students and/or parents/guardians is booked with Awards WA and collect expressions of interest.
Award Agents are organisations authorized to offer Ignite Award to its young people.
Award Agents can be:
- Community Organisations
- Sporting or Social Clubs
Delivering Ignite Award brings many personal and professional benefits:
- The opportunity to help develop young people and support them on their journey to a better future
- Supporting and supplementing your organisation’s aims and principles
The Ignite Leader is the main contact for the Award Agent, and is responsible for running the Award within their organisation.
The Igntie Leader’s role is to engage young people in the Award, encourage, inspire and guide them.
- Overseeing the registration process for each Participant from their organisation
- Assisting in selection of Ignite Guides
- Helping identify activities and goals
- Answering questions and liaising with Awards WA
- Providing information to colleagues, Participants, parents/guardians and Ignite Guides
- Adhering to risk management policies and legislation
- Reviewing participant record books for assessment and approval
In additional to support and training from Awards WA, there are a number of resources that can help you run a strong Ignite Award— including templates, activity ideas and service providers/partners. Your main resource will be the Ignite Award Reference Book 2018.
The Ignite Leader must hold, as well as ensuring all adults working with a participant, a current Working with Children Check. For more information visit www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc.
A further requirement is for all adults working with participants to complete Ignite Award Volunteer Code of Conduct. This includes: Ignite Leaders, Ignite Guides/Instructors and mentors.
Ignite Guides are Volunteers who assist the young person with their Ignite Award activities. For each activity of Ignite Award, a participant will need at least one Guide to help guide them throughout.
An Ignite Guide is someone who:
- Is over the age of 18
- Is more skilled, experienced or qualified in the activity than the participant
- Is not a close family member
- Is able to help set a goal for the activity
- Will monitor and assess the participant based on effort, perseverance and development
- Compete the final report and sign off the activity
Ignite Guides play a crucial role in the success of Ignite Award. Their role is to engage with participants and offer guidance, mentoring and encouragement as they undertake the activity.
All Ignite Guides working with a participant must hold a current Working with Children Check. For more information visit Working with Children Check.
A further requirement is for all adults working with participants to complete Ignite Award Volunteer Code of Conduct.
Important to note!
Awards WA requires Award Agents to have insurance cover for all participants and Volunteers. This includes both personal accident and public liability insurance. In addition, Awards WA maintains a further insurance policy for participants and Volunteers that acts as an umbrella cover.
The Awards WA Certificates of Currency and insurance schedules outlining coverage, geographical limits and limitations on liability is available from Awards WA. It is important to regularly review the insurance certificates and schedules as they are updated annually. Participants, their families and volunteers need to refer to their Award Agent for their insurance details.
For any incident or accident, an Incident Report Form is required to be completed in conjunction with the participant, Volunteer and Award Agent and a copy forwarded to Awards WA soon as possible.