Information for parents and caregivers

We are here to help you support your child find their calling, prepare for uni and make informed choices that lead to a fulfilling career and life.


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Why university?

A university degree is not just an academic qualification – it gives your child the opportunity to develop invaluable life skills, such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In return, this promotes increased job opportunities with higher earning potential. Our full-time bachelor degree graduates have a median salary of $70,000*.

At Deakin, we empower our students to learn and grow in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment, while preparing them for the jobs of the future.

Parents and caregivers guide

Our parents and caregivers guide will shed more light on what to expect when your child heads off to university. Learn more about supporting them through their final years of school, choosing a university, the application process and what life can be like as a uni student.

Download our parents and caregivers guide (PDF, 1MB)

Will I be studying on campus?

The interactive experiences your child is looking forward to in 2022, like learning in world-class facilities, club activities and meeting new friends, will take place on campus. Digital learning opportunities will complement, not replace, on-campus teaching, adding value to their degree by providing flexibility and training in the digital literacy skills that are crucial to the future of work.

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At Deakin, you won’t just learn about the future, you’ll prepare for it with real-world learning fuelled by progressive thinking. Discover your tomorrow with our helpful resources.

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Supporting their university journey

It's not always easy to know how to provide appropriate support to students starting their university journey. But encouragement and understanding can have a significant impact on their growth as a student and as a person.

There's also lots of things to consider when choosing a university – courses on offer, their ATAR, campus location, success of graduates, study costs and more. The best place to start is by comparing the course your child would like to take between different universities.

Browse all Deakin courses

How to support Year 10s

Year 10 is an exciting year, as it marks the beginning of your senior years of high school. You’ll start to explore different study areas and hone in on your own interests.

Work experience will be on your agenda, as well as exploring university courses and possible career choices. To make life easier, we've compiled a guide for Year 10 students with key information about getting ready for university.

Download the Year 10 students guide (PDF, 1.3MB)

How to support Year 11s and 12s

During their last years of high school, Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to start thinking about the next phase of their life. It can also be a time of some uncertainty and stress, for them and for you.

We've put together some tips on how to help your child stay focused and develop the skills needed for university.

Learn more about supporting Year 11s and 12s

Students under the age of 18

Deakin welcomes applications from candidates of all ages, though there are specific guidelines for those who are under the age of 18.

Read Deakin's underage student management policy

Learn more about Deakin's guidelines for underage international students

Pathways into Deakin

There's more than one way to get into university. If your child's ATAR score isn't enough to gain them entry into their chosen course, it's important to know there are other avenues they can explore to begin their studies at Deakin.

Discover our entry pathways


We're here to support your child. Whether it's recognising academic merit or perseverance and commitment to study despite experiencing hardship, one of our many scholarships could transform their life and their future.

Learn more about scholarships

Understanding university fees

University fees at Deakin can vary depending on the course, student type (undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic or international), and whether any financial assistance will be required.

Find out more about fees

Pathways that look beyond your child's ATAR

The Deakin Regional Access Scheme and Indigenous Access Scheme look at a range of factors outside of academic results, like the skills, experience and achievements that make your child unique and prepare them for study at university.

Special consideration for challenging circumstances

Year 12 been impacted by challenging circumstances? Your child can apply for special consideration that recognises their resilience, while increasing their aggregate score based on what they would have achieved if their circumstances were different.

Learn more about special consideration

Transition to Deakin: a guide for students and parents

Student Recruitment Coordinator Luke Cann chats with two of our student ambassadors about how they transitioned from Year 12 into university life at Deakin.

Deakin courses focus on applied and integral skills, as well as real-life experience and knowledge, to ensure graduates are employable in their chosen field.

Jessica Forrer

Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery

Got a question but can't find the answer?

We've curated some of the most commonly asked questions our future student advisers get from parents and caregivers of Year 12s and soon-to-be uni students.

Common questions

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Will special consideration be given to all Year 12s this year?

Normally individual students are assessed for special consideration on a case-by-case basis. This year, schools will provide the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with information on every single student. This means every Victorian student will be individually assessed, and any adverse impacts of coronavirus will be reflected in ATAR rankings.

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What is Change of Preference (COP)?

Change of Preference (COP) is a stage in the VTAC application process relating to the input of course preferences. You can include up to eight course options on your preference list. During COP periods, you can change the order of your preferences, as well as add or remove courses.

For more information on future student services and courses:

How do Year 12 students apply?

Current Year 12 students must apply through VTAC. You can list up to eight courses, in order of preference, within the VTAC application system. Once ATARs are released on 13 December 2021, applications will be assessed and offers will be sent out in the December 2021, January and February 2022 rounds.

For more information on future student services and courses:

Do entry requirements change between offer rounds?

No – entry requirements, including folio submissions and interviews, remain the same when applying through VTAC, regardless of the offer round.

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What is SEAS?

VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for those who may not have been able to reach their full potential for study due to a range of challenging factors. SEAS enables institutions to consider the circumstances you've experienced and their impact on your studies when making selection decisions.

For more information on future student services and courses:

What are SEAS aggregate points?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) adds points to your aggregate to reflect the level you may have achieved if your circumstances had been different. This can increase your chance of receiving an offer but does not guarantee it. Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points per applicant.

For more information on future student services and courses:

Does Deakin offer any guaranteed entry courses?

Our Associate Degree of Arts is a guaranteed pathway into our Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Criminology. You can also apply to transition, with credit, into a range of other bachelor degrees, though this is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on future student services and courses:

Is online study the same quality as on-campus learning?

Absolutely. Classes, exams, course material, teachers and placement opportunities are exactly the same for all students, regardless of whether you’re studying online or on campus. This applies to your degree when you graduate too – it holds the same merit, irrespective of how, where and when you earned it.

For more information on future student services and courses:

What study support is available to online students?

During your tailored, online orientation program you'll gain access to our dedicated study support site, chock-full of helpful resources, including the library. For more personalised support there's also one-on-one mentoring sessions and student success coaches available via numerous channels, plus our 24/7 online tutoring and writing feedback service.

For more information on future student services and courses:

Beyond university

When your child goes to university, it’s not just the start of their tertiary education but also a step towards their professional plans and career.

DeakinTALENT, our dedicated Graduate Employment Division, offers all students career preparation from day one. Through an extensive suite of programs and services, we provide advice, assistance and encouragement to enable them to discover what's important so they can explore their career interests in a supported environment. Importantly, each student is given the tools and techniques to assist with job applications and interviews, to ensure they can plan ahead with confidence and navigate the jobs and careers of the future.

Learn more about DeakinTALENT

Internships, industry-based learning (IBL) and work integrated-learning programs (WIL) are also available through most courses. These take place with an employer and provide huge benefits in securing a job post graduation.

Learn more about workplace learning opportunities

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Support toolkit for parents and caregivers of Year 12s

We’ve put together everything you need to help your child in Year 12 make the exciting transition to university life.

Read more

Services and support

Deakin has four physical campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool, and an industry-leading digital learning platform for those studying primarily online. Some courses are only taught at one campus, but usually students can choose their location.

Regardless of campus or study mode, all students have access to a wide variety of services and support, both on campus and online. These include:

  • career guidance and advice
  • counselling
  • cultural and social clubs and events
  • disability resource centre
  • libraries
  • medical centres
  • spiritual centres
  • places to eat
  • peer-mentoring programs
  • sports and gym facilities (on campus for all locations except Geelong Waterfront)
  • study support
  • 24-hour security.

Student privacy

Deakin is often contacted by parents and caregivers wanting to check that their child is attending classes or making good academic progress. We're unable to provide personal information about students unless the student has given their explicit consent.

This is regardless of whether the student in question is under 18 or if the parent or caregiver is paying their fees or expenses.

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Need more information?

Contact our Prospective Student Enquiries Centre to chat with an expert advisor about your child's study and pathways options.

Domestic students
1800 MY FUTURE (1800 693 888)
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International students
+61 3 9034 6205

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