Equity and diversity

Deakin is committed to equity and diversity to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of our staff and students. We support a number of important campaigns to promote awareness about equity and diversity issues, and run programs that ensure equal access for students and staff.

Gender equity

The benefits of a balanced and diverse workforce are well established including better decision-making, innovation, ability to attract the best candidates, and job satisfaction for all.

Deakin University is committed to ensuring gender equity becomes a business and cultural norm, and has a history of efforts to address gender inequalities.

Learn more about Gender Equity


End Violence Against Women

In line with Deakin's strategic commitment to nurturing personal development and wellbeing for students and staff, the University's campaign to end violence against women is building on and coordinating existing activities, support, information and resources. 

This includes the global 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, Australia's White Ribbon campaign, the local Barwon Month of Action, 'You the Man' performances and Deakin's own Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) counselling services at the Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses.

'You the Man' is a play about dating violence and bystander intervention. It’s an engaging live theatre performance that depicts various bystander roles and examines their interventions in a dating violence scenario. 

Deakin hosts annual performances for staff and students. 'You the Man' is a powerful tool for raising awareness about violence against women and empowering people to take action.

Racism. It Stops With Me

Deakin University is an official supporter of Racism. It Stops With Me, a campaign that invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

Learn more about Racism. It Stops With Me

Diversity – More than we see

Deakin is proud of the diversity of our students and staff. We strive to foster an inclusive and vibrant culture that promotes value and respect for everyone. Diversity – More than we see is a campaign that celebrates individuality and uniqueness.

Learn more about Diversity – More than we see


Ally Network 

The Ally Network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) staff and students. Allies are staff and students who align themselves with, and advocate on behalf of, staff and students of diverse sexuality and gender. The network can be joined by any Deakin staff member or student.

Learn more about the Ally Network

Social Inclusion Network

The Social Inclusion Network was established in 2010 to provide a continuing platform for sharing knowledge, expertise and good practice across all areas of the University. Inclusion News a monthly newsletter produced by Equity and Diversity – aims to share the latest news and information about equity and diversity research, practices and events. To subscribe, simply email the Equity and Diversity team.

Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers (HDCOs) network

HDCOs are staff who are trained to assist staff and students with any enquiries about discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying. There is a network of over 75 HDCOs across the University, on every campus and in most work areas.

Learn more about the HDCOs network

Student access and experience

Deakin Engagement and Access Program 

We work with around 30 schools through the Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP). The program aims to encourage achievement and aspirations towards higher education.

We run DEAP activities in collaboration with primary and secondary schools, and community partners for students from Grade 3 to Year 12.

Learn more about DEAP

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) includes a wide range of targeted projects that promote access to higher education and the successful completion of undergraduate courses.

Find out about HEPPP projects

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

VTAC's SEAS provides opportunities to access higher education for students whose ability to show potential for university study may have been limited or disadvantaged.

Learn more about SEAS

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) 

DEAP and the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) have a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). This is a national educational program that links Indigenous secondary school students to universities through outreach and personal mentoring. 

Learn more about AIME

Community partnerships

The National Disability Coordination Officer Programme

The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Programme improves links between schools, tertiary education providers, employment providers and providers of disability assistance programs. Its goal is to increase education and employability for people with a disability.

Find out more about the NDCO programme

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9244 6255
Email Equity and Diversity

Equity and Diversity (Director)
Mel Martinelli
Email Mel Martinelli
Access and Inclusion / Disability Services
Merrin McCracken
Email Merrin McCracken
Access and Equity Partnerships
Jane Finlay
Email Jane Finlay
Equity and Diversity Programs
Lyn Edwards
Email Lyn Edwards
Gender Equity
Bree Gorman-Holz
Email Bree Gorman-Holz