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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for Gender Equity