Local partnerships

Deakin forms strategic partnerships with local government, sporting organisations, not-for-profit organisations and community venues across Melbourne. 

These mutually beneficial relationships improve opportunities for Deakin students, local businesses and the broader community.

Deakin Edge

Deakin Edge is one of Melbourne's most iconic theatre spaces. 

Located in Federation Square, the auditorium hosts over 300 events annually, including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne Conversations and Melbourne Architecture Week. The high-profile venue has welcomed some of Australia's finest thinkers, prominent orators and eminent performers.

The Deakin Edge partnership provides new opportunities for the university to extend its presence in the community. Its public lectures and events promote ideas, public debate and dialogue in the heart of Melbourne. 

As the university's namesake Alfred Deakin is widely regarded as the father of Australian federation, it's a fitting tribute to him that this democratising, prominent, public space carries the Deakin name.

Visit the Deakin Edge website

Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Deakin is the naming partner of the Deakin Melbourne Boomers. The Deakin community proudly supports this powerful Women’s National Basketball League team. 

Deakin recognises the role that these extraordinary athletes, some of whom are Deakin students and alumni, play in inspiring the next generation of young basketballers.

Deakin supports elite athletes through its participation in the Elite Athletes Friendly University (EAFU) network. Plus, as an added bonus, Deakin staff, students and alumni are eligible to receive 50% off tickets to all Boomers home games.

Visit the Deakin Melbourne Boomers website

Elite Athletes Friendly University network

Whitehorse Community Chest

Deakin works in partnership with the Whitehorse Community Chest – a not-for-profit organisation that has raised nearly $5 million for eligible welfare organisations, charitable causes, initiatives and smaller agencies in the Whitehorse area.

Deakin has long supported the Whitehorse Community Chest, including providing the organisation with temporary office space in 2013 after fire damaged their own. We've hosted their annual beneficiary night, networking and fundraising events, and in 2016 helped launch their monthly Farmer's Market, held on our Burwood Campus.

Deakin staff and students regularly assist the Chest’s fundraising, promotional and awareness campaigns, and volunteer for activities in the local community.

Visit Whitehorse Community Chest

Whitehorse Festival Season

Deakin has proudly supported Whitehorse City Council's annual Festival Season since 2012. As principal sponsor, Deakin actively contributes to the council's inclusive festival program in a variety of meaningful and creative ways.

The Festival Season is enjoyed by over 50,000 local residents and more than 200 local community groups. Seven free events are held throughout each year in spring, summer and autumn.

Visit the Whitehorse Festival Season website

Whitehorse Business Week

Deakin partners with Whitehorse City Council to support its annual Whitehorse Business Week, an initiative to inform, grow and develop local businesses. 

Attended by upwards of 1000 business professionals, the week is made up of a series of events. 

Topics relevant to current business and economic conditions are presented to give local businesses a competitive edge. Business Week's signature dinner event was the first public event to ever be held at Deakin's Burwood Corporate Centre.

Learn more about Whitehorse Business Week