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Students, you can Shape Your Future through volunteering.

Shape your future logo with link to facebook page

Volunteering is a fabulous way to get involved in your community and meet new people.

Volunteering can also help you work out what’s the right career for you, and it’s a great achievement to include in your resume.

For more information and to promote volunteering at your school, please download the Shape Your Future poster and flier.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global youth development program, empowering young people aged 14-24 to explore their full potential.

There are lots of benefits to completing Duke of Ed! You will meet new people, learn new skills, get formal recognition of extracurricular, sporting and volunteer activities and enhance your CV. Some universities recognise Award for adjustment factor (bonus ATAR points).

There are four main sections to the Duke of Ed and three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold). These are:

  • Physical Recreation - Improving physical fitness and wellbeing, encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle
  • Skills - Unleashing talents and broadening personal interests and skills
  • Voluntary Service - Connecting with the community by giving meaningful service to others
  • Adventurous Journey - Purposeful adventuring and team building in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Gold Residential Project - A purposeful experience with new people outside their usual place of residence.

Find out more about the Duke of Ed in NSW.

Record volunteer hours on up2now

High school students can record their volunteering hours on the NSW Education Standards Authority up2now website.

Schools must register with up2now to enable students to log in and record their achievements. Please check with your careers adviser if your school is registered.

For more information about up2now, please email

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Last updated: 06 May 2022