School outreach program

Supporting students to reach their full potential

The Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP) school outreach program inspires, instils self-confidence and creates equal opportunities for all secondary school students. The program breaks down common barriers to education and encourages students to have a positive outlook on their future.

Programs designed to inspire

Our exciting range of engagement and access programs have been designed to be year-level appropriate, creative, engaging, and adaptable to the demands of the future of work. The programs encourage students to explore their interests, discover pathway options and learn about career opportunities to help them confidently navigate their final years of high school. All of our activities and workshops aim to support the development of students' self-confidence and self-efficacy, leaving them with a strong belief that they have control over their future.

Year 9

At the beginning of the DEAP journey, we offer an inspiring program that builds important knowledge about the changing world of work and supports students to lead career conversations with working professionals to spark career exploration and navigation of future pathways.

Workshops: FutureME

Year 10

We offer immersive on-campus experiences that provide students with key insights into uni life through hands-on learning, access to innovative learning spaces and student panels to help break down common myths associated with university and accessing higher education.

Workshops: Uni Myths Busted, Uni Immersion Day

Year 11

Towards the end of high school, we provide a series of motivational workshops to empower students with key skills and knowledge to support them in their VCE journey.

Workshops: Study for Success, Future Ready, Pathways, Wellbeing, Financial Literacy

Year 12

Throughout Year 12 we host practical workshops that mentor and support students in applying for university entry by completing applications for Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and access and equity scholarships.

Workshops: SEAS, Scholarships and the Cost of University

To find out more about our workshops, download our program guide.

Download our 2023 DEAP program guide (PDF, 8.2MB)

Access for Success Mentoring Program

Access for Success Mentoring Program

Our program provides Year 11 and 12 students from partnering schools with university-level peer mentoring and academic support from our team of mentors and role models, to help them through their final years of secondary school and transition into university with confidence.

Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2023.

Looking back at what I learned has made me feel more confident with myself and stronger than ever. If it wasn’t for the Deakin experience, I wouldn’t know what would’ve happened when future job interviews occurred. If there was one word that could describe that entire day for me, it would definitely be life-changing.

Year 9 student

Cranbourne Secondary College

Pathways that look beyond their ATAR

DEAP students can apply for courses through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme and Indigenous Access Scheme. We look beyond your ATAR at the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for university, meaning you could receive an early, conditional offer sooner than your peers.

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Partner with DEAP

Partner with DEAP

We welcome expressions of interest from schools wanting to participate in any of our programs or activities. Some activities have limited availability, so we suggest registering as early as possible.

Contact us

For further information about DEAP, or any of our programs and activities, please get in touch

Nathan Coffey
Manager, Student Equity
9244 6047

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