Disability services

Deakin's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access. It provides advice and supports inclusive teaching and learning practice and delivers information and services for students when a disability, health or mental health condition affects study or participation in university life.


If you are a student with a disability and register with the DRC we will discuss any adjustments you may need for your study. We can then work with you to an Access Plan, which will identify study adjustments, services and recommendations that will assist your faculty and lecturers to meet your needs.

It's best to make contact with the DRC as soon as possible after enrolment as it will help you to meet your course requirements more easily.

If you are a prospective student and would like to discuss your specific disability-related requirements, please contact us for more information or to make an appointment to discuss disability services.

Examples of services and adjustments available are described below.

Accessible study materials

If you need study materials in accessible formats, we can provide you with textbooks in electronic format, or captioning of audio visual materials.

Alternative assessments

You may need adjustments for assessment tasks to ensure you have the same opportunity to demonstrate your learning as other students. Exam adjustments such as more writing time, rest breaks or the use of a computer can be arranged.

Academic support workers

We have staff who can help you with note taking, tasks on field trips, in laboratories or on placement. Auslan interpreters can also be booked for classes.

Library loans and services

The library can give you longer borrowing time, and access to a specific room equipped with assistive technology.

Assistive technology

The DRC can give advice on assistive technology and training. Deakin's software library includes accessibility software that converts text to speech, provides screen magnification and assists with note taking.

Register with the DRC

When you become a Deakin student and complete your enrolment form you'll be asked to indicate whether you have a disability or medical condition. If you choose to answer 'yes', the DRC will send you an invitation to make contact and register for services.

If you don't indicate at enrolment that you have a disability or medical condition you can still register with the DRC at any time after starting your studies.

Please contact us for more information about disability services.

Not sure if you're eligible?

The definition of ‘disability’ from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is broad.

  • It includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities.
  • Disability can be permanent or temporary.
  • It includes some health conditions not usually thought of as disabilities.
  • Carers of people with disability may also be able to access some of our services.      

If you're a current Deakin student looking for more information and registration forms, visit the DRC page on the Deakin students website.

Getting around campus

Most of the buildings on campus are wheelchair accessible.

In some places, the steepness of external paths means that access is restricted, but we always have accessible routes. Most buildings are equipped with lifts, accessible toilets and some automatic doors.

Where to park

Accessible (category one council permit) parking is available at all campuses. If you're a category one permit holder, you won’t need a Deakin parking permit.

Visit our parking page for more information

Living on campus

Living on campus is a great way to get involved with the Deakin community. We have accessible studio apartments and private rooms at most of our campuses.

Find out more about living on campus at Deakin

Campus maps

Download the relevant campus map below to find parking and buildings on all four of our physical campuses.

Download the Melbourne Burwood Campus map (PDF, 1.7MB)

Download the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus map (PDF, 363.9KB)

Download the Geelong Waterfront Campus map (PDF, 468.8KB)

Download the Warrnambool Campus map (PDF, 408.6KB)

Contact us

Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
+61 3 9244 6255
Email DRC

Burwood: Building B, Level 1, Room 103
Waurn Ponds: Building J, Level 2
Waterfront: John Hay Building, Level 2
Warrnambool: Building B, Lower level