Employment benefits

While working at Deakin you can access benefits such as a variety of leave options and flexible working arrangements to help manage your work-life balance.

Leave options

Deakin offers a number of leave options to staff that include:

  • Recreation leave – 20 days per year for academic staff and 21 days per year for professional staff.
  • Long service leave – after 7 years of continuous service, you will be eligible to take your long service leave.
  • Parental leave – both unpaid and paid parental leave options (subject to eligibility criteria).
  • Sick leave – progressively accruing each fortnight, totalling 15 days per year pro rata.
  • Carer's leave – sick leave entitlements can be used to take care of or support a member of your immediate family or household.
  • Other forms of leave – Deakin offers compassionate leave, blood donor leave and other leave types as outlined in our Enterprise Agreement.
  • Ceremonial leave – Staff members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are entitled to a reasonable period of ceremonial leave. Eligible staff members may be entitled to five days paid leave per annum.

Further information is detailed in the Deakin University Enterprise Agreement 2017.

Download the EA (PDF6.8MB)

Flexible work arrangements

We're always looking at both the needs of our staff and the University, and offer flexible work arrangements that can assist you in balancing work and other responsibilities you may have. Flexible arrangements can be put in place for a range of reasons, including:

  • carer responsibilities (for children, older people and partners with long-term illnesses or disabilities)
  • health issues or disabilities
  • study and professional development activities
  • community responsibilities
  • transitioning to retirement
  • managing everyday life responsibilities and wellbeing
  • breastfeeding (including the provision of breastfeeding facilities at all campuses and support to take time off to breastfeed and/or flexible meal breaks and work commencement and finishing times).

Recognition of prior service

If you are a continuing or fixed-term staff member employed after the Deakin University Enterprise Agreement 2013 came into operation, the University will recognise prior service from Australian universities and some other organisations for the purpose of calculating sick leave and long service leave entitlements. This is provided there has been no break in service longer than five years. For further information you can read Deakin’s Recruitment of Staff procedure (clause 111).

Staff offers and discounts

Novated lease

Deakin’s approved novated lease provider, nlc, takes care of all your automotive needs. They can provide you with the easiest, lowest-cost way to own and run the car of your choice. With over 25 years of experience, nlc are the experts in novated leasing so you don't have to be. For further information, please contact us at payben@deakin.edu.au.

Health insurance plans

Deakin is affiliated with a number of health insurance providers that can assist you with your specific health cover needs. Special rates are available for current staff with these providers. Upon commencement we can provide you with further information.

Banking packages

Staff members can access a number of benefits through Deakin University Community Bank (Bendigo Bank), especially in relation to savings on your home loan and any general insurance needs that you may have.

You can also access a discounted ANZ at Work package. Benefits include no package fees, easy to obtain benefits, and the choice of benefits you want, when you need them. All staff, including casuals (who are paid at least once every 6 months), can access the ANZ at work package.

IT and mobile phone offers

We have affiliations with Lenovo, Volante, Computers Now, Telstra and Microsoft. These affiliations allow current Deakin students and staff the opportunity to take advantage of some great information technology offers. Staff (subject to eligibility criteria) may also access our corporate mobile phone plan with very competitive call cost rates and the bill conveniently deducted from your (post-tax) salary.

Workplace giving

Deakin GIVE, our workplace giving program, is a simple and effective way for you to give to some great charitable causes directly from your pre-tax pay. Our three key priority funds are a great place to start. The Deakin Achieving Potential Fund, Deakin Trailblazers Fund and Student Emergency Assistance Fund is where your charitable gift can make the greatest impact.

Give to Deakin

Give to Deakin

Your small change can have a big impact. Just the cost of one cup of coffee each week can make a huge difference – if each of us gave $8 from our fortnightly pay, together we could raise almost $500,000 each year in support of Deakin’s Sanctuary Scholarships as well as other access and equity scholarships.

Learn more about giving to Deakin

Library access

Deakin’s Library is far more than just a place full of books – although we do have millions of print and digital resources for you to explore! Our staff are skilled in the areas of digital literacy, research support, innovation and much more. No matter which campus you are on, you can find expert guidance and advice. With extended hours, bookable computers and a broad selection of study/workspaces, each Deakin Library campus offers the ideal place to focus.

Find out more about the Library

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