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).


Deakin Engagement and Access Program

Deakin Engagement and Access Program works with school students and parents to build on aspirations and raise awareness of university. The program activities include study skills, academic workshops and campus visits, from Grade 4 through to Year 12. The team works with around 40 selected schools in low socioe-conomic areas local to Deakin's campuses.

Deakin learning centres

The Deakin learning centres located at Dandenong, Werribee and Craigieburn offer the wider Deakin 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.

Digital accessibility project

We have a diverse community of staff, students and visitors, and are keen to make sure that everyone is able to access our digital content quickly and easily, regardless of physical ability.

Working with a consultant from Media Access Australia, the digital accessibility project aims to prepare Deakin to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA − the recognised global standard for web accessibility. The project outcomes will include policies, guidelines and a plan of action for the University.

Equity scholarships

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

  • Deakin Student Technology scheme
  • Retention and support grants
  • Global Student Mobility scholarship
  • Global Student Mobility Indigenous grant
  • The Smith Family Learning for Life scholarships

Learn more about scholarships at Deakin

Inclusive curriculum and capacity building

This project looks at modifications to teaching delivery, learning methods and online resources to better meet the needs of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds.

This includes embedding academic skills and literacies, digital literacy practice, career development learning and universal design principles in curriculum, to make learning at Deakin inclusive for all students.

Deakin staff members can learn more about the Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity Building project on the Deakin staff wiki (requires login)

Peer support

No one understands what it's like to be a student better than a student. This project includes several peer support schemes which 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

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


The Creating Impact Through Evaluation project provides evaluation, research capacity-building and assists in the dissemination of evaluation and program findings, by initiative and across the program as a whole.

Contact us

Strategic Equity Project Officer
Equity and Diversity (Geelong Waterfront Campus)
Linda Gasparini
+61 3 5227 3230
Email Linda Gasparini