Our values are the standards we hold ourselves up against. They're about what's important to us, and sharing these with our students and staff helps keep our values at the heart of our community.

Our culture

When you join Deakin, you join a community. Here you'll be inspired, encouraged and supported. You'll not only come into your own, but be integral to our lively, passionate and hardworking community.

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Enduring values

Deakin's values  remain as our threshold standards for the way we do business and the way we behave:

  • Excellence
  • Academic freedom
  • Collegiality
  • Continuous improvement
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Accountability
  • Environmental responsibility

Deakin's characteristics

Our personality

The characteristics that best describe Deakin and the way in which we achieve our goals are:


A 'can-do' attitude that creates opportunities from challenges and dares to be different.


An inclusive learning community accessible to all and celebrating diversity as a strength.


Mobilising students, staff, alumni and friends to make a difference in their lives and in the world.


A contemporary, vibrant approach to teaching and learning by developing innovative and responsive learning and research platforms.


Curious and knowledgeable, skilled in working with technology, with diversity and with people; able to adapt to a fast-changing environment.


We strive for an embedded, transparent approach to sustainability. We focus on 'what matters most' across our environmental, financial and social sustainability performance.

Learn more about our approach to sustainability

Equity and diversity

Deakin is committed to  equity and diversity to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of our staff and students.

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Respect. Now. Always. Deakin against sexual assault

Around the world, evidence and personal experiences highlight a global challenge to prevent sexual violence. No country on earth is immune.

At Deakin we have an uncompromising position on preventing and addressing sexual harassment. We are committed to always driving a stronger culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion, and ensuring all members of the Deakin community can study and work in a safe and supportive environment.

The safety, welfare and support for those who experience harassment and assault is always our priority.

Learn more about the Respect. Now. Always. campaign


From an accessible website and assistive technology through to easy access to buildings, we strive for high standards of accessibility.

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Disability services

Deakin promotes inclusion and access, and provides information and services for students with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study or participation in university life.

Learn more about disability services