Your employer of choice

There's more to a great workplace than the standard benefits.

We value our staff and understand that they are more than just their jobs, that's why we offer benefits that enhance work life.

What's in it for us? We see this as one of the best ways to attract and retain quality and professional staff.

Competitive salaries

We offer competitive salaries. Salaries are negotiated under our Enterprise Agreement and are subject to regular increases for most staff.

Salary rates

Salary rates for academic staff.

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Salary rates for general staff.

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Salary rates for casual staff.

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Annual increments

A staff member who performs satisfactorily in their role will receive an annual salary increment until they reach the top of the relevant salary band.


We offer up to 17% superannuation depending on the type and length of appointment.

Recreation leave loading

You will receive 17.5% leave loading on any accrued recreation leave.  This is paid in a lump sum at the end of the year.

Salary packaging options

Deakin has a flexible remuneration/salary packaging option for eligible staff, which allows for the salary packaging  for items such as novated leasing, in-house childcare and contributions to complying superannuation funds.

Various leave options

We offer a number of leave options to staff.  These include:

  •     Recreation Leave -  20 days per year for academic staff and 21 days per year for general staff
  •     Long Service Leave - after 7 years of continuous service you will be eligible for long service leave
  •     Parental Leave - both unpaid and paid parental leave (subject to eligibility criteria).
  •     Sick Leave - 15 days per year pro-rata
  •     Carer's Leave -  you may utilise sick leave entitlements to take care or support a member of your immediate family or household
  •     Personal Leave - you may also be eligible for compassionate leave, blood donor leave and other leave types as outlined in the Enterprise Agreement
  •     Ceremonial Leave - A staff member who identifies as a member of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community is entitled to a reasonable period of ceremonial leave. Eligible staff members may be entitled to five days paid leave per annum.

Health insurance plans

Special rates are available for you with a number of health insurance providers providers. 

Workplace Giving

Our Workplace Giving program is a simple and effective way for you to lend a hand and make a difference to some fantastic causes through our payroll system.

ANZ banking package

You can access discounted ANZ banking packages.  Benefits include; no package fees, easy to obtain benefits and the choice of benefits you want, when you need them.

IT and mobile phone offers

We have affiliations with Lenovo, Volante, Computers Now, Telstra and Microsoft. These affiliations allow Deakin students and staff the opportunity to take advantage of some great information technology offers. Find out more about IT offers.

Recognition of prior service

We recognise service with Australian universities and some other organisations for the purpose of calculating sick leave and long service leave entitlements.  Find out more about Recognition of prior service


You will have full access to a fully equipped library that delivers a range of information management services in the digital age.

QANTAS Club Corporate Membership

By joining the QANTAS club through us, you will gain access to the cheaper corporate member fees.  These fees can also be salary packaged. 

Car rental discounts

We have service agreements with Avis, Hertz and Thrifty that provide discounted rental rates.

Retirement options

We offer eligible staff transition to retirement arrangements. Speak to a HR Adviser for more information.

Parental leave

We provide for both unpaid and paid parental leave  (subject to eligibility criteria).

University holidays & Christmas closedown

The University will recognise the following public holidays as University holidays - New Year's Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, Anzac Day (where this falls on a week day), AFL Grand Final, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  In addition to this the University closes for 5 working days over the Christmas period.

Flexible work arrangements

We offer flexible work arrangements  that can assist you in balancing your work responsibilities other responsibilities you may have.

Parent Rooms

There are a number of dedicated parent rooms available on all campuses for staff and students to use as well as baby change facilities in designated toilets on each campus.

Child care on campus

On-campus child care is available at  Melbourne Burwood Campus ,  Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus  and the  Warrnambool Campus .

Deakin Fitness Club

Deakin YMCA has professional and fully equipped sports and recreation centres on campus.   They offer a number of membership packages that are competitively priced. Salary sacrifice is also available. A range of facilities are available at each campus with the latest equipment and experienced fitness professionals.

Healthy Deakin

We are committed to creating a healthy workplace by offering a range of benefits and services to support and improve the wellbeing of our staff.

Leisurelink Aquatic & Recreation Centre in Geelong

Swimming, Sport and Recreation Centre in Geelong that provides you with a corporate discount.

On-campus medical centres

Deakin Medical Centres provide accessible medical services for all current students and staff. The centres are staffed by qualified and experienced medical doctors and nurses who provide confidential health care services.

Counselling support services

You can access support through this service for advice and assistance in managing a student perceived to be experiencing a mental health issue.  Find out more about  Counselling Support Services .

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program  is a confidential counselling service available to all Deakin staff.

Regional & coastal lifestyle

If you are based at the Geelong or Warrnambool campuses you can benefit from the natural surrounds of a coastal lifestyle e.g. beaches, swimming, surfing, boating etc. Find out more at Your Location

Multifaith Chaplains

We offer chaplaincy services all of our campuses.


We have an environmental sustainability strategy to reduce the carbon foot print of the University by reducing the reliance on cars, water saving initiatives and the reduction of power, paper usage and waste.


Deakin has a Telework Policy designed to enable staff to work from an approved Deakin location other than their primary work location using information and communications technology to stay connected to their colleagues and work.

Staff Development Program

We offer a range of courses through the Staff Development Program that enable skill development, career progression and personal growth.

Career planning

We recognise the importance of helping general staff with their career planning.

Academic promotion

We recognise and reward academic staff achievement through the Academic Promotions process.

Secondment opportunities

We provide secondment opportunities to eligible staff to support their career development goals.

Academic Study Program

A professional development opportunity for academic staff to take time out from their normal duties to pursue research and/or scholarly work outside of the University. Find out more about Academic Study Program.

Study support

We provide some financial assistance and study leave for staff undertaking an approved course of study (to gain a tertiary qualification).

Alfred Deakin Professors

The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the most prestigious that the University can bestow on its staff

Vice-Chancellors Awards

Each year the Vice-Chancellor confers a number of awards on staff (both individuals and groups) in recognition of their excellent contribution to the University.

Achievement awards (at local level)

We recognise staff who have performed work beyond that required or expected of them.

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