Diversity, equity and inclusion

Creating opportunities for all

At Deakin, we’re always working towards creating an environment of inclusion where we value and celebrate diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community.

Building a unique university community

Deakin University works hard to ensure higher education, employment and research are accessible to all. We strive to increase opportunities for our staff and students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds through our continued efforts to shape a diverse, equitable and inclusive university culture. We want everyone within our community to feel a sense of belonging at Deakin.

Inclusion in practice

We’re creating opportunities to expand access to higher education, employment and research while celebrating our diverse community.

Respectful and inclusive communities

Deakin aims to create an inclusive and respectful community with a strong culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion.

Student access and equity

We offer access to higher education to students from low socio-economic status, regional, remote and Indigenous backgrounds.

Activities and events

Activities and events are just some of the ways we bring together our Deakin staff, students and the local community.

Respect. Belong. Thrive

Through our initiative ‘Respect. Belong. Thrive’, we want everyone – our students, staff and local community partners – to feel part of our ambitious agenda.


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 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 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 Deakin leaders so that students and staff feel a strong sense of belonging in our community and are empowered to achieve success.


We want everyone to feel encouraged to speak up and share their diverse experiences, ideas and perspectives in a place where they feel empowered to challenge ideas and contribute to new processes, flexible ways of studying and working, and make a positive impact for the whole community.

Join our community of 60,000+ students

Deakin students come from all walks of life, from all around the world. Our diverse community is a true testament to our welcoming and inclusive university culture.

Accreditations and memberships

Employer of Choice

Deakin’s received the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation 15 years in a row, awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). We’re also accredited as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

SAGE Athena Swan Bronze Award

Deakin has received a prestigious Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award for its programs that encourage more women to study, research and work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Deakin supports working parents with established breastfeeding facilities available on all campuses, and has received accreditation from the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

Australian Network on Disability

Deakin is a bronze member of the Australian Network on Disability. The network and its members understand the importance of creating an environment that is accessible and inclusive of people with a disability across all areas of the University community.

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