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A fair Deakin community

Practices, policies and networks to ensure a fair, inclusive and diverse work or study environment

Discrimination and harassment

Deakin University is strongly committed to the principles of equity and fairness in education and employment. Deakin will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.


Discrimination may be
- unfavourable treatment because of a personal characteristic, for example age, race or disability
- being disadvantaged because of a personal characteristic resulting from an unreasonable requirement, condition or practice.

Read more about discrimination, including how to get help or advice.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature and is not tolerated under any circumstances. Read more about sexual harassment, including how to get help or advice.


Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a person or group, that creates a risk to health and safety, including mental or physical health.

Find out more about bullying and how to deal with it.

Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers (HDCOs)

HDCOs are staff who are trained to assist staff and students with any enquiries about discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying. Read more about HDCOs


Deakin University has policies and procedures to deal with any complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment. In the first instance you should talk to a HDCO in your area. Complaints procedure.

Training – equal employment opportunity and diversity

Equity and Diversity run equal employment opportunity (EEO) training sessions for managers, supervisors and team leaders. Read more about EEO training.

There are also some cultural diversity online training modules for staff, covering Australian culture, cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication.

Read more about training for staff or contact Felicity Thyer

Diversity and inclusion

Deakin University's culture respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of diversity across the organisation. This ensures that staff and students have opportunities to reach their full potential and participate in all aspects of University life. 

Supporting diversity, inclusion and equitable practices also makes good business sense. It greatly enriches our University culture and improves educational and employment outcomes.

Workplace flexibility

Deakin offers a number of flexible working arrangements for staff such flexible working hours and working from home. Further information

Policies and procedures

Deakin University has a legal and an ethical responsibility to create a campus environment free of discrimination and harassment, and has clear policies to ensure that it fulfils its legal responsibilities and duty of care to the Deakin community.

Contact us

Felicity Thyer
Strategic Equity and Diversity Consultant
03 522 78451 felicity.thyer@deakin.edu.au

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