Diversity and inclusion

At Deakin, we work towards creating an environment of inclusion where we value our diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. Through our initiative ‘Respect. Belong. Thrive’, we want everyone – our students, staff and local community partners – to feel part of our ambitious agenda.

Respect. Belong. Thrive.


We want an environment where students and staff feel included and respected for their unique perspectives and talents. As a University community, we set strong standards of behaviour and we all have a responsibility to address unacceptable attitudes and behaviours. We work to uphold inclusion and respect by challenging attitudes that condone violence, gender stereotypes, power imbalance, gender inequality and inequity. We take a proactive approach to preventing sexual harm in our University community and improving how we respond to, and support those, who have been affected.


Our focus is on creating places – whether on campus or in our virtual spaces – where everyone feels safe to bring their whole selves to all they do. We have committed to building the inclusive leadership capability of all University leaders so that students and staff feel a strong sense of belonging in our community and achieve success.


We want all our people to feel encouraged to speak up and share their diverse experiences, ideas and perspectives – where they feel empowered to challenge ideas and contribute to new processes, flexible ways of studying and working, and making a positive impact for the whole community.

Gender equity

The benefits of a balanced and diverse workforce include better decision-making, innovation, ability to attract the best candidates, and job satisfaction for all. Deakin is committed to ensuring gender equity becomes a business and cultural norm.

Learn more about gender equity

Gendered violence and sexual harm prevention

Deakin works to address the gendered social norms, structures and practices that contribute to gender inequality in our setting, including the gender drivers of violence such as workplace sexual harm.

Learn more about our approach to sexual harm prevention


We support diversity in the higher education sector and aim to be a leading LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queerplus) inclusive educator and employer through best-practice diversity and inclusion strategies.

Learn more about LGBTIQ+ support

Disability inclusion

Deakin is committed to increasing inclusion for staff, students and visitors with disabilities, including promoting visible leadership, capacity building, awareness and participation. Find out more at the below links.

Disability support for students

National Disability Coordination Officer Program

View the Deakin Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Cultural diversity and inclusion

Deakin aspires to achieve cultural diversity in line with the broader Victorian community, and for students and staff from all cultural backgrounds to feel welcome, safe and supported to achieve academic or career success.

Learn more about cultural diversity and inclusion

Student access and equity

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) supports a range of targeted projects to broaden access to higher education and the successful completion of courses.

Find out about HEPPP projects

HEPPP Access and Participation Plan 2021 (PDF, 492KB)

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

VTAC's SEAS provides opportunities to access higher education for students whose ability to show potential for university study may have been limited or disadvantaged.

Learn more about SEAS

Accreditations and memberships

Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI)

Silver Award for LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

Australian Network on Disability

Deakin is an Australian Network on Disability gold member in 2020 and confidently welcomes people with disability across all aspects of the organisation.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

Employer of Choice citation – awarded for 15 consecutive years

Athena SWAN

SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for Gender Equity

Contact us

Peter Osborne
Manager – Inclusion Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships
Email Peter Osborne

Lisa Loney
Manager – Gender Equity, Inclusion and Access
Email Lisa Loney

Alisha Stewart
Manager – Staff Complaints and Capacity Building
Email Alisha Stewart