About SIPU

The Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit (SIPU) is part of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Integrity) Portfolio. Our role is to provide timely and accurate information to the University for planning and managerial decision-making, administer key University surveys, coordinate compliance reporting activities and provide advice on data-related issues.

SIPU is comprised of four distinct teams who work collaboratively both within SIPU and other areas of the University:


Institutional Research and Surveys Team

Manages the schedule of strategic surveys, responsible for their administration, analysis and reporting, provides advice on all aspects of surveys. Leads institutional research activities and provides analysis and advice to support the strategic decision making for the University, including World University Rankings

Business Intelligence Team

Manages the ongoing administration and maintenance of Deakin's Data Warehouse, the business intelligence environment and the Budgeting and Forecasting Toolset to support the University's internal and external reporting requirements

Reporting and Analytics Team

Provides advice, analysis and interpretation of corporate and sector-wide data for strategic planning, institutional benchmarking, university wide performance evaluation and compliance activities

Forecasting and Modelling Team

Provides analysis, design, development, evaluation and deployment of business analytics and statistical modelling projects in support of the strategic decision making at the University


SIPU Responsibilities include

  • Provision of management information to the University executive and faculties
  • Provision of statistical information
  • Coordination of the Federal Department of Education student data collection
  • Planning and forecasting student enrolments and revenue
  • Modelling and analysis to support planning and budgeting, fee setting, resource allocation and related activities
  • Provision of advice on legislation and policy related to higher education administration and funding
  • Administration, analysis and reporting on key strategic surveys including evaluations
  • Provision of advice and assistance on survey design and analysis
  • Development, maintenance and support of the Deakin Data Warehouse (DDW) and associated Business Intelligence technology (Cognos, SPSS, TM1)
  • Coordination of World University Rankings data submissions

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