Our values are the standards we hold ourselves up against. They're about what's important to us, and sharing these with our students and staff helps keep our values at the heart of our community.

The Deakin values

Our values are enduring; they inform who we are, what we believe in, how we behave and what we stand for as individuals and as a university community contributing to the public good.


We will strive for excellence in all aspects of our work, taking pride in being the best we can be.


We will always conduct our business with the highest standards of professional behaviour and integrity.


We will value our diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community.


We will care about our shared future, integrating economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability in all we do.

Deakin's characteristics


An inclusive learning community accessible to all and celebrating diversity as a strength.


Mobilising students, staff, alumni and friends to make a difference in their lives and in the world.


A contemporary, vibrant approach to teaching and learning by developing innovative and responsive learning and research platforms.


Curious and knowledgeable, skilled in working with technology, with diversity and with people; able to adapt to a fast-changing environment.

Our personality

The characteristics that best describe Deakin and the way in which we achieve our goals are:


A 'can-do' attitude that creates opportunities from challenges and dares to be different.

Our culture

When you join Deakin, you join a community. Here you'll be inspired, encouraged and supported. You'll not only come into your own, but be integral to our lively, passionate and hardworking community.

find out more about our culture


We strive for an embedded, transparent approach to sustainability. We focus on 'what matters most' across our environmental, financial and social sustainability performance.

Learn more about our approach to sustainability

Diversity and Inclusion

Deakin is committed to diversity and inclusion to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of our staff and students.

Learn more about diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to Indigenous Australians

Deakin is committed to enabling all our students and staff to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values.

Read about Deakin's commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Respect. Now. Always. Deakin against sexual assault

Around the world, evidence and personal experiences highlight a global challenge to prevent sexual violence. No country on earth is immune.

At Deakin we have an uncompromising position on preventing and addressing sexual harassment. We are committed to always driving a stronger culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion, and ensuring all members of the Deakin community can study and work in a safe and supportive environment.

The safety, welfare and support for those who experience harassment and assault is always our priority.

Learn more about the Respect. Now. Always. campaign

Disability services

Deakin promotes inclusion and access, and provides information and services for students with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study or participation in university life.

Learn more about disability services

Digital accessibility

We're committed to providing a website that's accessible to everyone, and are working towards achieving compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards.

Read our accessibility statement