Leadership and governance

As Deakin continues to move into a bold and exciting future, sound leadership and governance ensure we meet and exceed the highest standards in the quality of our courses, research, community engagement, administration and policies.


As Deakin’s principal executive officer, Professor Iain Martin leads the University and determines its strategic and academic vision.

Meet Professor Iain Martin

Organisational structure and management

Our structure

Deakin's organisational structure includes faculties and administrative units and is led by University executive and management staff.

Learn about our organisational structure

University Executive

The University Executive is Deakin's primary management decision-making body.

Meet the University Executive

University governance

Deakin University is governed in accordance with the Deakin University Act 2009, which defines the responsibilities of the Council, the Vice-Chancellor and the Academic Board.

University Council

Deakin’s governing body is responsible for the general direction of the University and ensures that the appropriate plans are in place for Deakin to achieve its goals.

Meet the University Council

Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic authority within the University, and is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of teaching and research.

Meet the Academic Board

University elections

Deakin University regularly holds elections for positions on its boards and committees. The University encourages staff and students to participate in elections for boards and committees where they are eligible to stand as candidates or to vote.

Find out more about University elections

Deakin's strategic direction

Deakin’s strategic plan sets out an optimistic future powered by ideas to enhance social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing. Deakin 2030: Ideas to Impact is the University’s plan for realising the best future for its communities.

Learn more about our strategic direction

Legislation, policies and procedures

Our legislation and policy library is a repository of our approved policies and procedures that detail aspects of the University’s governance and operations.

Go to Deakin's legislation and policy library