Community engagement

At Deakin, we welcome meaningful connections with our local and international communities.

How we get involved

We strive to make a positive difference to the areas within which we have a presence, both locally and globally. Our mutually beneficial relationships ensure that we give back to the communities we serve. 

We engage with communities, industries and government by: 

  • undertaking collaborative research
  • teaching within local communities
  • facilitating corporate education
  • sponsoring events and initiatives
  • offering work integrated learning programs with local organisations
  • nurturing partnership programs
  • becoming members of strategic organisations.

Our communities


Geelong is where the Deakin journey began, with the opening of our first campus at Waurn Ponds in 1974. 

Our solid connection with the bayside city has only strengthened with the development of ground-breaking strategic research centres and our second Geelong campus at Waterfront. 

Our collaborative partnerships with local government and businesses has also continued to help Geelong and the region grow and thrive.

Read more about our Geelong community


Deakin continues to create strong ties with the Melbourne community, from the city centre to the beautiful south-eastern suburbs surrounding our Melbourne Burwood Campus. 

We are committed to developing activities and initiatives to help support and enhance the communities we serve.

Read more about our Melbourne community


In Warrnambool, we are involved with sustainability and innovation groups like Horizon 21. 

We work with the local community and regional development organisations Committee for Portland and the Great South Coast Group to help encourage greater participation in regional education.

Read more about our Warrnambool community

Western metropolitan Melbourne

Through our Deakin Learning Centre in Werribee, we're making higher education more accessible in the Western Metropolitan Melbourne region. 

We're also building ongoing community relationships with local government, not-for-profits and schools in western metropolitan Melbourne.

Read more about our Western metropolitan Melbourne community

Riverina Murray Region

In the Riverina Murray region, we offer higher education pathways to students at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and also have close relationships with many major local industries, governments and employers.

Read more about our Riverina Murray community


Deakin is building lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships across Victoria. As a major provider of higher education to students in Bendigo, we value our close ties with Bendigo TAFE and key local employers of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group and Australian Industry Group (AIG). Deakin's School of Engineering also has a strong strategic partnership with Bendigo to help boost local manufacturing.

Read more about our Bendigo community


Deakin has over 300 partners in more than 50 countries, from research collaborations to higher education partnerships. Our offices in India, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Europe foster successful long-term international alliances with industries, governments and communities.

Learn more about our international partnerships

Deakin and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

Deakin University and the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have partnered to create a University-wide community bank. Fifty per cent of the profits will be returned to Deakin community projects, which could include scholarships, research and support for clubs, or other projects.

Learn more about the community bank

Working with businesses

There are several ways that your business or organisation can connect with Deakin, our students and staff.

We can help you find permanent or casual staff, provide students for internships and work placements, or partner with your organisation for research and educational purposes.

Read more about opportunities for your business

Support Deakin

Your support can change lives, both for Deakin students and for the wider community. 

Whether it's establishing a new scholarship for someone who might not otherwise have the chance to go to university, or providing funding for a cutting-edge research program, you have the ability to make a difference through Deakin.

Find out more about giving to Deakin

Contact us

Partnerships and community relations

Stakeholder Partnerships and Community Relations
Michael Mangos
+61 3 9244 5147
Email Michael Mangos