Deakin to proceed with organisational change

Media release

12 October 2021

After extensive consultation and review, Deakin University will proceed with its organisational change program, ensuring a sustainable Deakin that can respond effectively to challenges and continue investing in an aligned and vibrant future.

On Tuesday, Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin met with Deakin staff to share the outcomes of the consultation period and discuss implementation. The Deakin Reimagined program is a significant change to the University’s overall structure and focuses on ensuring a vibrant and sustainable university.

Professor Martin said the changes would “ensure our services are effective, cohesive, and aligned to core purposes, as well as helping to deliver a financially sustainable future”.

“There is no doubt that the last 18 months have been an incredibly challenging time for both Deakin and the wider university sector in Australia,” Professor Martin said.

“What Deakin delivers matters, it matters to our students and staff, our local communities, Victoria and Australia, and through our many connections and networks, it matters globally – now more than ever.

“Deakin Reimagined is about not only emerging from the difficulties of COVID-19 but investing in a vibrant and sustainable future.”

Professor Martin thanked Deakin staff for their engagement and contribution throughout the Deakin Reimagined program.

“From the 1000 submissions received in designing Deakin Reimagined and the 2000 pieces of feedback during the consultation period, we have listened carefully to our staff as we position Deakin to emerge as strongly as possible from the pandemic.

“I recognise this continues to be a challenging time for our staff, and we will continue to provide a suite of support services as we progress to implementation.”

Deakin modelling estimates an overall reduction of around 200 positions, in line with the 180-220 range previously outlined. Recruitment for new and vacant positions, and redundancy processes, will commence soon, while new operating structures are planned to take effect late from late 2021.

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