Why work at Deakin

We value our staff and understand that they’re much more than just the jobs they do. That's why we offer benefits that enhance work/life balance and their careers.

A brief history

Established in 1974, Deakin was Victoria's fourth university and first regional university. 

Deakin today has five campuses: one in Burwood in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong, one in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria and our online Cloud Campus. 

Deakin also has a prestigious multi-purpose facility in Melbourne's CBD, a network of learning centres stretching across regional Victoria, and international offices in India, China and Indonesia.

A first-class university

Learn how Deakin is at the forefront of higher education in Australia:

Preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow

Deakin has enduring commitments to widening access to university study, and to innovative learning platforms that respond to the needs of time-poor or distant students.

Deakin University was successful in winning five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2013 from the Office for Learning and Teaching.

Deakin's MBA is one of the most highly regarded MBA programs on offer, renowned particularly for its experiential learning opportunities.

  • The Deakin MBA is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development.
  • It has a 5-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia.


Deakin fosters an environment in which teaching excellence is recognised and celebrated.

Learn about our awards and achievements

World-class research

Advances in research have been a hallmark of Deakin's success in recent years with impressive growth in quality, impact and income.

Deakin focuses on relevant research that provides practical solutions to real-world problems, from discovery through to application. Deakin aims to leverage its cross-disciplinary research and development capability, working with industry partners to create innovative solutions that directly benefit its local and global communities. 

Deakin's researchers and research students are globally connected with academic and industry partners in Europe, USA, Canada, India, China and other parts of Asia.

Academic learning for teaching

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching (GCHELT)

Deakin's GCHELT teaches you the most effective ways to approach important tasks in tertiary education, from curriculum design, to assessment, to the leadership of teaching teams. This type of qualification is becoming increasingly valued across the higher education sector, both locally and internationally.

As a graduate of the GCHELT, you'll advance your professional understanding and be prepared for academic undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research supervision and for leadership roles in higher education, particularly in universities and tertiary institutions.

Find out more about the course

Find out more about teaching and learning

Driving the digital frontier

Capitalising on new technologies, Deakin aims to deliver responsive programs wherever students are geographically (at home, on campus or in the workplace), wherever they are in their learning preparedness, and wherever they are in their career trajectory or life stage.

Deakin has a longstanding reputation for using cutting-edge information technology while providing highly personalised experiences.

Deakin has been rated #1 in Victoria for student satisfaction for six consecutive years (AGS 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).

A longstanding commitment to its communities

Deakin is renowned for developing successful partnerships with industry, governments and communities both nationally and internationally. We engage with local communities through our teaching and corporate education programs and our research and intern partnerships with local and national organisations.

Deakin's committed to developing lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with rural and regional communities, particularly those in Geelong and western Victoria. With the development of Epworth Geelong and the opening of the Regional Community Health Hub (REACH) Deakin is closer to achieving its vision of a world-class health precinct to serve these communities.

Deakin benefits

Diversity and inclusion

Deakin offers programs that nurture the development of a university culture that values diversity. We aim to enable access to education and promote inclusion from disability support through to student access programs.

Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Deakin

Staff support

There are all sorts of services we provide for our staff, including disability support services, counselling and a range of initiatives to support healthy lifestyles.

Find out more about staff support at Deakin


We aim to create a safe work environment for improved health and wellbeing. From WorkCover to OHS management, our staff are in safe hands. 

Find out more about OH&S at Deakin

Staff benefits

We offer benefits that enhance work life, and your life. These range from competitive salaries to lifestyle benefits including Deakin Fitness Club memberships. 

Find out more about staff benefits at Deakin

At Deakin I am encouraged and enabled to work flexibly to balance my family and work commitments.

Fiona Davies

General Manager, HR Operations

Work flexibility

Deakin embraces flexibility, understanding and diversity across our workforce to accommodate the needs of staff and to encourage their leadership aspirations.

Discover four inspiring stories from leaders at Deakin, and how they utilise our flexible working arrangements to balance personal, family and work commitments.

Dr. Minoo Naebe explains the benefits of Deakin's research platform.

Fast facts

  • Deakin has four faculties: 
  • Deakin was rated 5 stars by the prestigious QS global ranking organisation.
  • Deakin is currently ranked 50 in the Times HE 2018 global ranking of the top 200 universities under 50 years old.
  • Deakin is in the top 1% of the world's universities according to global ranking ARWU.
  • Deakin has over 50,000 students and over 4000 staff; it's Australia's eighth-largest university.
  • Deakin's fastest-growing campus is our Cloud Campus, with over a quarter of Deakin's students opting to study solely online.
  • About 17% of our students are from overseas, from over 120 countries, and 22% are from regional and rural locations.
  • At 450 hectares, Deakin is Australia's largest university by land area.

Deakin at a Glance is a statistics summary published annually: