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Deakin Advancement

Deakin Advancement builds pride, connections and support for our University by actively engaging with our staff, friends and external partners.

The Deakin Advancement team guides and delivers the University's fundraising and alumni activities; community engagement; corporate and commercial events; corporate and internal communication; media relations; University donations and sponsorship; and oversees the management of Deakin's Art Collection and Galleries. 

In all our endeavours we aim to complement Deakin's vision to be a catalyst for positive change for the benefit of our students, our staff and the communities we serve.

Office of the VP & CAO

Office of the Vice-President and Chief Advancement Officer provides executive support to the VP & CAO ensuring the core functions of the Advancement portfolio effectively deliver key services.

Advancement Services

Advancement Services at Deakin is an area that provides critical centralised support to the Advancement Portfolio. Professionals in this area gather, organise, manage and disseminate information to enable Deakin Advancement to achieve its strategic goals. Advancement Services consists of three business units: Advancement Information Services, Central Gifts Management, and Research and Prospect Management.


Alumni Relations develops and co-ordinates communications between the university and our alumni community.  We provide professional development and networking opportunities nationally and internationally in collaboration with formal Chapters, informal networks and various international alumni associations. We negotiate and deliver a range of exclusive benefits that are only available to our alumni community.

Art Collection and Galleries 

The Art Collection and Galleries Unit provides professional management for the University's Art Collection and the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Commercial Events (Deakin Event Management Services)

The Commercial Events (Deakin Event Management Services) team delivers a broad spectrum of events for the University community including commercial hire and community use of its venues and facilities and fee for service, end to end project management of academic and research conferences. For full project management of conference services, our team of professionals will guide you through the event project time-lines and key milestones, step by step. Our fully integrated electronic conference and event software allows us the flexibility to manage your event, whether held on campus or externally.

Partnerships & Community Relations

The Partnerships & Community Relations team engages with our local communities in a number of positive and mutually beneficial ways. We actively support and contribute to the social, economic and cultural fabric of our local communities through our teaching, learning and research, our corporate education and partnership activities, sponsorship and our work integrated learning programs.

Media Relations and Corporate Communications

The Media Relations and Corporate Communications unit supports the University by profiling Deakin news, achievements and stories in print, radio, television and social media channels. In addition, we work in partnership with all areas of the University to support key strategic projects, coordinate internal communications and provide expert photographic services.

Donor Relations

Donor Relations is the fundraising arm of the Deakin Advancement portfolio. Donor Relations pursues and secures philanthropic gifts to the University, and profiles Deakin in the wider community.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events are responsible for the project management of the University's annual oration programs, and internal events.

Please click here for contact information for individual members of the Advancement Team

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