Equity and diversity

Deakin is committed to equity and diversity to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of our staff and students. We deliver services and run programs to ensure equal access for students and staff, and support campaigns to promote awareness about diversity, access and social inclusion.

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

Disability services

Disability Resource Centre

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access for students and staff with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study, work or participation in university life.

We provide a range of services and advice and can make recommendations on reasonable adjustments for learning. Prospective students are welcome to contact the DRC for information, and enrolled students with disability are encouraged to register early in semester.

Learn more about disability services

National Disability Coordination Officer Program

The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program aims to increase education and employability for people with disability by improving links between schools, tertiary education providers, employment providers and providers of disability assistance programs.

Find out more about the NDCO Program

Supporting people with a disability in recruitment

At Deakin University, the Human Resources Division's Recruitment and Onboarding team work with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator and Equity and Diversity to build disability knowledge and confidence.

Together, the teams have worked closely to audit Deakin's recruitment process to identify gaps relating to recruitment methods and to provide support and accessibility to candidates with disabilities.

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Student access and experience

Deakin Engagement and Access Program

This program aims to encourage primary and secondary school students' achievement and aspiration towards higher education. We run activities with students from Year 3 to Year 12 in collaboration with around 30 schools, and with a range of community partners.

Learn more about DEAP

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) supports a range of targeted projects to broaden access to higher education and the successful completion of 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

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


Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community

The Deakin LGBTIQ + Community 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. Any Deakin staff member or student is welcome to join.

Learn more about the Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community

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


End Violence Against Women

In line with Deakin's commitment to nurturing the personal development and wellbeing of students and staff, the University supports campaigns to end violence against women.

This includes the global 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, Australia's White Ribbon campaign, the Australian universities Respect. Now. Always. initiative to address sexual harassment and sexual assault in university communities, the local Barwon Month of Action, and the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) counselling services at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses.

Deakin also hosts annual performances for staff and students of 'You the Man', a live theatre performance about dating violence, to raise awareness of violence against women and empower bystanders 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

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
Email Bree Gorman