Geelong is home to two of Deakin's campuses, and the city has played a significant role in the university's development and growth.

We've formed close collaborative relationships with key government agencies, associations, businesses and industries in the region. We continue to work with the community and a variety of organisations to ensure that Geelong and its population prosper.

Our history in Geelong

Our ties with Geelong began with the establishment of our first campus at Waurn Ponds in 1974, creating Victoria's first regional university.

Waurn Ponds also became home to a number of Deakin's innovative strategic research centres and the collaborative Geelong Technology Precinct.

In 1994 Deakin acquired a historic wool store building in the Waterfront Precinct and two years later, after extensive restoration and development, Geelong's newest campus opened.

Deakin has played a lead role in the Geelong Waterfront Precinct Rejuvenation Initiative, a plan that has seen the Waterfront Precinct go from derelict to a stunning and inviting area. The area includes heritage-listed architecture, parkland, cafes, attractions and public spaces.

Geelong partnerships

Deakin's long-term collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (Barwon-South Western region) began in 1998, and was established to enhance the health and social wellbeing of people living in the Barwon-South Western region.

Our two organisations work together to coordinate teaching, practice and integrated research, including a focus on chronic disease prevention and mental health prevention strategies.

Find out more about our Geelong partnerships

Use our facilities in Geelong

From an intimate chapel to celebrate a special day, to tennis courts for your next weekend competition, our facilities are available for hire.

We accommodate groups of any size for meetings, conferences, training sessions or social occasions.

Our cafes, libraries and shops are a great place to meet, eat and hang out.

Find out more about our facilities

Making education more accessible

Deakin is part of the G21 alliance, a group of government, business and community organisations working together to improve the lives of people within the Geelong region.

Education and Training is one of G21's key priorities (known as pillars).

As a member and pillar leader, Deakin is actively involved in planning initiatives to make educational opportunities in the region more accessible, including enhanced digital facilities for secondary school students, training programs and industry skill audits.

Find out more about our memberships

Violence prevention programs

Deakin's Health and Social Development (SHSD) area has developed a community program to bring attention to violence against women. 

The program has been presented at schools, universities, sporting clubs and workplaces across the state. The 'You the Man' program consists of a 30-minute play about dating, violence and sexual assault, plus a moderated post-performance panel discussion. 

Post-performance discussion is tailored to the local setting, circumstances and other violence prevention activities happening locally.


The program can be run from any location in Victoria. We source panel members for the discussion component from local support agencies and aim to introduce people to the local resources that are available around them.

For more details about how to arrange for this program to visit your community, please email You the Man bookings.

Read more about SHSD theatre programs

Contact us

For further information about Deakin Geelong's community engagement programs, please contact our Community Relations Manager.

Community Relations Manager
Julie Hope
Deakin Geelong Waterfront
+61 3 522 71136
Email Julie Hope