The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has congratulated the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, winner of the 2010 Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

The Award is the pinnacle of recognition for public sector work groups, units and teams across all levels of public administration in Australia. The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme beat a field of 26 nominees to take out the Gold Award at a ceremony in Canberra on 25 November 2010.

"The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has changed countless young lives over the years," Mr Snowdon said.

"Since 1988 more than 11,000 Australians have undertaken a voyage in Young Endeavour. This award is a tribute to all those who work to provide young people with this extraordinary adventure at sea".

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has been operating for 22 years, providing challenging voyages for Australian youth in the national sail training ship Young Endeavour. The ship was gifted to Australia by the United Kingdom on the occasion of the Bicentenary in 1988.

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane said the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme can be rightly proud of its award.

"The Scheme is at the forefront of Navy's community engagement strategy. This Award recognises the excellent work they have carried out with Australian youth," said Vice Admiral Crane.

The Awards focus on specific projects, initiatives or change processes, which demonstrate success against four demanding criteria and show the results are a product of a methodical approach to improving the Agency's practices in client satisfaction, leadership, change management, planning, governance and innovation. Self-sustaining excellence is the hallmark of an Award winner.