Deakin Women

Women are 52% of our academic and 67% of our professional staff and contribute with enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication to every aspect of Deakin life.

Deakin Women – working together to make a difference

We are proud of the leadership, collegiality and collaboration of women at Deakin, a number of whom are breaking new ground in research scholarship and professional practice.

While many gains have been made for Australian women over recent decades, they are still under-represented at senior levels in many sectors. Deakin is seeking to lead the way in the university sector in our efforts to redress this imbalance in both academic and non-academic positions.

The launch of Deakin’s Gender Equity Plan (2017–2020) affirms Deakin’s aspiration to be Australia’s premier university in achieving equal representation, recognition, reward and value of staff irrespective of gender.

Diversity and inclusion

We aim to ensure all students and staff feel welcomed, safe and supported no matter their gender. This commitment shows in campaigns such as End Violence Against Women and gender equitable practices.

Find out more about diversity and inclusion

Deakin women in sport

Sport is engrained in Deakin’s culture and we encourage and support women to achieve all of their sporting goals.

We proudly support netball, Australia’s leading women’s sport, through our partnerships with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens. We also sponsor the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, one of the best female basketball teams in the country, as well as the Geelong Cats and their women's program.

We conduct innovative research through our Women In Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub to improve women’s participation in sport and exercise.

Whether it be the University’s relationship with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, the Geelong Cats women’s program, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, or in-house initiatives such as the Deakin Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub, they collectively create a wealth of opportunities.


Co-Director, Centre for Sport Research