Community engagement

At Deakin, we welcome meaningful connections with our local and international communities.

How we get involved

We strive to make a positive difference to the areas within which we have a presence, both locally and globally. Our mutually beneficial relationships ensure that we give back to the communities we serve.

We engage with communities through:

  • teaching within local communities
  • sponsoring events and initiatives
  • offering work-integrated learning programs with local organisations
  • nurturing partnership programs.

Our communities


Geelong is where the Deakin journey began, with the opening of our first campus at Waurn Ponds in 1974. 

Our solid connection with the bayside city has only strengthened with the development of ground-breaking strategic research centres and our second Geelong campus at Waterfront. 

Our collaborative partnerships with local government and businesses has also continued to help Geelong and the region grow and thrive.

Read more about our Geelong community


Deakin continues to create strong ties with the Melbourne community, from the city centre to the beautiful south-eastern suburbs surrounding our Melbourne Burwood Campus. 

We are committed to developing activities and initiatives to help support and enhance the communities we serve.

Read more about our Melbourne community


In Warrnambool, we are involved with sustainability and innovation groups like Horizon 21. 

We work with the local community and regional development organisations Committee for Portland and the Great South Coast Group to help encourage greater participation in regional education.

Read more about our Warrnambool community

Western metropolitan Melbourne

Through our Deakin Learning Centre in Werribee, we're making higher education more accessible in the Western Metropolitan Melbourne region. 

We're also building ongoing community relationships with local government, not-for-profits and schools in western metropolitan Melbourne.

Read more about our Western metropolitan Melbourne community

Riverina Murray Region

In the Riverina Murray region, we offer higher education pathways to students at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and also have close relationships with many major local industries, governments and employers.

Read more about our Riverina Murray community


Deakin is building lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships across Victoria. As a major provider of higher education to students in Bendigo, we value our close ties with Bendigo TAFE and key local employers of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group and Australian Industry Group (AIG). Deakin's School of Engineering also has a strong strategic partnership with Bendigo to help boost local manufacturing.

Read more about our Bendigo community

Support Deakin

Your support can change lives, both for Deakin students and for the wider community. 

Whether it's establishing a new scholarship for someone who might not otherwise have the chance to go to university, or providing funding for a cutting-edge research program, you have the ability to make a difference through Deakin.

Find out more about giving to Deakin

Contact us

Partnerships and community relations

Stakeholder Partnerships and Community Relations
Michael Mangos
+61 3 9244 5147
Email Michael Mangos