Employment benefits

Access benefits to support your wellbeing and success while working at Deakin

Enjoy a variety of leading leave entitlements including four weeks recreational leave, plus additional paid leave days during the University’s Christmas closedown, generous paid parental leave and flexible ways of working.

Your leave options

At Deakin, we offer several leave options to support staff members, from recreation leave to compassionate leave. Other leave types available, such as gender affirmation leave, blood donor leave and infectious disease leave are outlined in the Deakin University Enterprise Agreement 2023.

  • Recreation leave: four weeks per year plus Christmas closedown leave for fixed-term and continuing staff (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • Parental leave: both paid (up to 26 weeks on full pay or 52 weeks at half pay) and unpaid parental leave options (subject to meeting eligibility criteria) and support for staff who experience pregnancy loss or still birth.
  • Personal (sick and carer’s) leave: three weeks per year (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • Wellbeing leave: ability to use up to two days of personal leave per year without evidence to proactively support physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Cultural leave: up to 10 days per year for fixed-term and continuing staff members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Compassionate leave: up to five days per occasion for fixed-term and continuing staff or three days unpaid leave for casual staff.
  • Long service leave: 9.1 weeks available after seven years of continuous service, accruing 1.3 weeks for every additional year of service after that (pro rata for part-time staff).

Contemporary ways of working

Deakin is committed to fostering a dynamic, flexible and inclusive work environment where the focus is on the nature of work balanced with individual, team and social connections that enable you to thrive. Our vision acknowledges that some teams may need to be on campus every day, while other teams are able to work across a range of settings.

Our approach to ways of working focuses on the nature of work, not the quantity of days on campus. Our position encourages leaders and team members to successfully navigate working at Deakin together. We encourage leaders and team members to make decisions about ways of working informed by:  work type, workspace, individual, social and team needs. All new continuing and fixed-term staff members also receive a one-off Home Workspace Equipment Contribution Payment to support the set-up of their home office.

Flexible work arrangements

In addition, 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.

Staff offers and discounts

As a Deakin staff member, you have access to various offers and discounts through affiliated companies.

Novated lease

Deakin’s approved novated lease provider, SGFleet, 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. For further information, please email us.

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

IT and mobile phone offers

We have affiliations with Lenovo, Volante, Computers Now, Telstra and Microsoft which allow current Deakin students and staff the opportunity to take advantage of information technology offers. Staff (subject to eligibility criteria) may also access our corporate mobile phone plan with 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.

Donate to Deakin

Donate 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.

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 and workspaces, each Deakin Library campus offers the ideal place to focus.

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Contact the People Connect team

For more information on careers at Deakin, please contact us.

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