Central Plaza Upgrade

This three-stage project will transform the Central Plaza precinct into a modern, accessible and engaging student space.

Project summary



Completion date

Mid 2019

Project Manager

Jessica Rafter
+61 3 5227 2940

New student space

The Waurn Ponds Campus will gain a vibrant new heart through the transformation of the Central Plaza precinct of Building JB into a modern, accessible and engaging student space.

The first stage of the new precinct, to be operational by mid-2019, will revamp selected parts of Building JB to include a Student Central Hub, Learning Hub, renewed retail spaces and upgraded amenities.

Artist's impressions

Student centric design

This project will enhance and energise this important campus precinct to create a fresh and innovative student-centric environment.

Download the Central Plaza Upgrade project fact sheet

Stage 1 will include:

  • Student Central Hub providing a modern and accessible one-stop-shop of student support services
  • Learning Hub for Academic and Peer Support Services including purpose built spaces for staff and student peer mentors
  • digitally enabled learning pods for student use
  • retail precinct featuring a new Merchandise Shop alongside existing Hairdresser
  • additional bathroom amenities including accessible toilets
  • the first Changing Places facility on any Deakin University Campus, providing a publicly accessible, full sized change table and hoist to meet the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities
  • revitalised DUSA lounge and staff area on Level 1
  • shared staff lounge with modern facilities

Construction of Stage 1 is currently under construction, and will be operational by Trimester 1, 2019.

Stages 2 and 3 are planned for 2020–2021 including an external façade upgrade, new internal street and landscaping to the Arrival Plaza.