Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program

Deakin promotes access to higher education and successful participation in undergraduate courses by students from low socio-economic status backgrounds. Our evidence-based program of initiatives is funded by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Projects for 2017

Priority Students Program

The project aims to enhance early intervention strategies and assist in the improvement of retention on a University-wide basis by: 

  • Improving faculty involvement in delivery and review of the Priority Students Program
  • Review priority students interventions to identify ways of improving impact
  • Using qualitative and quantitative insights from calls to identify opportunities for improvement of other early intervention campaigns. These may be run University-wide or faculty by faculty.

Digital Accessibility

We have a diverse community of students, staff and visitors and are keen to ensure our digital systems and content can be easily accessed by all users. 

The digital accessibility project will develop awareness, policies, processes and resources to enable Deakin to work towards compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, and support the ongoing creation of accessible systems and content.

Indigenous Games

The Indigenous Games is an annual multi-sport event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students. 

The event is held annually and hosted by one of the participating universities. In 2017, Deakin University will host the games in Geelong from Sunday 25th June to Thursday 29th June. The event focuses on a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, promoting fitness, health, wellbeing and unity, initiating new communication networks, reinforcing identity through positive role models and a demonstration of self-determination. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Games

HEPPP Scholarships and Financial Support

1. Equity scholarships 

We offer a range of programs to address financial hardship and disadvantage. 

  • Retention and support grants
  • Global Student Mobility scholarship
  • The Smith Family Learning for Life scholarships

Learn more about scholarships at Deakin

2. Work-integrated learning Financial Support Scheme

The work-integrated learning (WIL) Financial Support Scheme helps students who may not otherwise be able to undertake a work integrated learning placement for financial reasons, such as having to relocate or giving up part-time employment. 

Learn more about the WIL Financial Support Scheme

Peer support

No one understands what it's like to be a student better than a student. This project includes several peer support schemes that enable trained students to offer support to other students, including:

  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Students Helping Students hub
  • Student writing mentors
  • Faculty peer-mentoring schemes 

Learn more about peer support

Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity Building

Deakin staff can learn more about the Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity Building project on the Deakin staff wiki.

Deakin learning centres

The Deakin learning centres located at Dandenong, Werribee, Craigieburn and Lilydale offer the wider community the chance to study a university degree online with face-to-face support from Deakin staff.

Students can take degrees in health sciences, commerce, early childhood education or psychology. The centres also serve as drop-in support centres and bases for other Deakin students living locally.

Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP)

This program aims to encourage primary and secondary school student's 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 community partners.

Learn more about DEAP

Deakin Start Program

DeakinStart is a free four-week university preparation program delivered at Deakin’s Learning Centres in Dandenong, Werribee and Craigieburn.

DeakinStart offers a supported and inclusive learning environment to help students prepare for life at university and ease their transition into university study.
The program is designed to assist potential applicants or those who have already received a university offer.

The program content is delivered in four modules including learning at university, succeeding at university, commencing university and beyond DeakinStart. Students receive presentations around accessing and using the library, career education and an overview of student services. Students are introduced to navigating CloudDeakin and DeakinSync.


The Deakin HEPPP project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Deakin’s HEPPP-funded initiatives on students’ aspiration, access, engagement, retention and successful completion of Deakin courses. It will provide recommendations and direction to support Deakin’s ongoing commitment to widening participation.

Contact us

Manager, Access and Equity Partnerships
Equity and Diversity
Jane Finlay
+61 3 9251 7378