Local partnerships

Deakin plays a leading role in forging productive, long-lasting relationships with key cultural, sports, civic, research and philanthropic organisations in the wider Geelong region. 

Our partnerships support specialised maths and science programs, collaborative technology research, identifying community health needs, raising funds for charitable causes and widening access to education for the Geelong community.

Geelong Technology Precinct

A mini Silicon Valley, the Global Technology Precinct (GTP) at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus provides facilities for conducting leading research, proofs of concept and fostering industry co-location.

Deakin's successful partnership model has encouraged more than 40 industry collaborators and partners to join them in the GTP. These include Carbon Revolution, Chemgenex, CSIRO, Cytomatrix, Quickstep and VCAMM.


GPAC’s Deakin University Theatre Season

Deakin University is the principal partner of the 2015–2018 Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) Deakin University Theatre Season. 

The relationship reflects Deakin's commitment to support the community, innovation, the arts and outstanding spaces and people. 

The sponsorship recognises the role arts and culture plays in terms of the region’s economic development. The partnership secures the future of the annual Theatre Season that brings some of our leading performers and theatre companies to Geelong.

The GPAC and Deakin relationship stretches back more than 20 years, with the arts centre managing shows and events at Deakin’s 1500-seat Costa Hall at the Waterfront Campus.

As part of a renewed Agreement from 2015 – 2018 Deakin and GPAC are strengthening partnerships particularly with the School of Communication and Creative Arts and we are providing avenues for students, staff, alumni and their families to enjoy live theatre throughout the year.

“A rich university experience, which includes access to excellent art and culture, is an important part of our offer as we grow student enrolments at our Geelong campuses. The partnership with GPAC is a wonderful opportunity for the wider Deakin community to experience innovative and contemporary theatre at its best and adds significantly to our existing program of arts partnerships in Melbourne and Warrnambool.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander

GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season

Deakin Cats Community Centre

The Deakin Cats Community Centre is located at the Geelong Football Club’s (GFC) Simonds Stadium. 

Deakin partnered with the GFC in 2013 to create a community venue that would improve access to health and sports education in the region. 

The facility includes a computer lab, meeting room and multipurpose area that can be hired by community groups, free of charge.

Find out more about the Deakin Cats Community Centre


BioLAB, the Victorian BioScience Education Centre provides educational programs to school students and teachers. 

Located at Belmont High School, BioLAB is one of six specialist science and mathematics centres in the state, inspiring the next generation of leaders in the fields.

Deakin signed a lead partnership agreement with BioLAB in 2011, enabling the continued delivery of a number of exciting initiatives including:

  • primary level biology, chemistry and the human body
  • sports psychology and mathematical analysis
  • genetics
  • anatomy, physiology, exercise science and statistics
  • biotechnology
  • nutrition
  • biomechanics
  • materials technology.

The partnership helps give rural and disadvantaged students access to the centre, its programs and a range of exciting career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Visit the BioLAB website

Strategic Alliance (Barwon South West Region)

The collaboration between Deakin and the Department of Health and Human Services (Barwon South Western region) began in 1998. The alliance harnesses the skills, experience and research capabilities of Deakin University staff and uses them to contribute to government service planning and development.

It ensures that Deakin's researchers are working on projects that have been identified as priorities for the government, including chronic disease prevention and mental health prevention strategies. The evidence Deakin researchers gather has the ability to impact policy decision-making to improve healthcare in the region and contribute to the development of major government initiatives.

The alliance also develops a coordinated and strategic approach to Faculty of Health student placements in the Geelong area. Placements addresses the needs of Deakin University, the Department of Health/Department of Human Services and the health and community sectors.

Learn more about the Strategic Alliance (Barwon South West Region)

Vision 2 Geelong CBD project

Vision 2 is the initial stage of a project to regenerate the Central Business District (CBD) of Geelong. 

Deakin has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Greater Geelong, the State Government and the Committee for Geelong to work on a vision for the future development of the city's thriving Waterfront Precinct. 

The project aims to support the city’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and success.

Learn more about Vision 2

Run Geelong

Deakin students and staff are always strongly represented at the annual Run Geelong, Australia’s biggest regional fun run. 

This annual event raises money for the Geelong Hospital. We actively promote the event at our Geelong campuses and in university publications. 

In 2013 the Deakin team raised over $10,000 and won the Corporate Run Geelong Challenge. Richard Colman, Deakin alumnus and Paralympics gold medallist is also a Run Geelong ambassador. 

Find out more at Run Australia


Deakin partners with Diversitat, a local not-for-profit community service group that supports multicultural communities and the disadvantaged in the region. 

In particular, the two organisations work together on the Reuniting Families Christmas Appeal, providing refugee families with much needed assistance with visa applications for family members still overseas. 

Currently, refugee families within the Geelong region have limited, if any access to free or discounted support to navigate these complex requirements and processes.

Diversitat raised $7500 with the generous support of the Geelong community and Deakin committed to match – dollar for dollar – funds raised with this appeal. 

Deakin is also contributing to long-term capacity building for our newly settled refugees by providing opportunities for access to tertiary study.

Learn more about Diversitat

The Gordon

The Gordon is Victoria's largest regional stand-alone TAFE. Deakin and The Gordon have enjoyed a long-standing partnership that provides recognition of studies at The Gordon with credit for prior learning. 

As part of the Deakin pathways program, the two organisations have now extended this partnership. The Gordon students now have a guaranteed pathway into higher education at Deakin after completing their diploma.

Learn more about TAFE pathways

Victorian Defence Procurement Office

In collaboration with the State Government, the Victorian Defence Procurement Office at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus opened in 2015. 

It markets the skills and capabilities of Victorian manufacturers to defence contractors worldwide.

 It's an opportunity for Victorian businesses to form industry partnerships and access local and global supply chains.

Having the office based at Deakin helps defence businesses connect with world-class research and development. It also means that Deakin researchers and students have greater access to the defence industry.

For more information about the Victorian Defence Procurement Office please call 03 5215 6071.