At Deakin, your safety and wellbeing is our priority. There are a range of support and resources available to you.

Internal support

Safer Community is a free, confidential support service for staff and students who experience concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour. Safer Community is the central point of contact for reports of problem behaviour, disclosures of sexual harm, domestic and family violence, and missing persons. Email or call 03 9244 3734

Deakin Security Phone 1800 062 579 for assistance on campus. Download the Deakin Safe Zone app to access security while on campus.

Counselling and Psychological Support offers free and confidential counselling and psychological support to Deakin students. Deakin also offers on-campus CASA support at Burwood Campus.

Deakin Medical Centres provide accessible medical services for all current students and staff.

Disability Support – Deakin's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access for people who experience disability and those with primary carer responsibilities.

Multifaith chaplains are able to journey with anyone seeking to explore the sense of the spiritual in their life.

Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) offers confidential advice and support. Advocates will listen to your concerns and assist you with your academic and personal matters.

Harassment and discrimination contact officers (HDCOs)

Concerns and complaints – you can raise your concerns or make a report to Student Complaints.

Financial assistance

Academic flexibility/adjustments

Housing/accommodation support

External support

The Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria (SACL) is a state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault. 1800 806 292.

1800RESPECT National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 1800 737 732 Confidential information, counselling and support service.

Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA)

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 1800 015 188. Victorian Family Violence Response Centre for women, young people and children experiencing family violence. 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre offers free and confidential trauma-informed sexual assault and family violence services – crisis care, counselling and case management. Geelong: 03 5222 4318.  Wimmera: 03 5381 1211

The Orange Door is a free service for those experiencing or have experienced family violence, and families who need extra support with the care of children. Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. 1800 321 820.

Djirra provides practical support to all Aboriginal women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past. 1800 015 188.

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence works with women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are victim survivors of domestic violence. 1800 755 988.

Women’s Legal Service Victoria

MensLine offers free help, support, referrals and counselling for men.

Child Protection Emergency Service: Call 13 12 78 to report concerns about the immediate safety of a child after hours.

Police Change to “Call Triple Zero (000). For non-emergency queries related to sexual harm and child abuse contact your nearest police station and ask to speak to a police officer from the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT).

Beyond Blue mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1300 224 636.

Lifeline Australia is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.  13 11 14.

Kids Helpline is the national support line for people aged under 25. You can contact them anytime for any reason. Online chat or call them on 1800 55 1800.

eSafety Commissioner

eSafety Commissioner resources for students

Support for:

LGBTIQ+ people

No one should experience violence or discrimination because of their sexuality or gender identity. We recognise the rights of our LGBTIQ+ students and staff to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our University community and the broader population. All Deakin support services support members of the LGBITQ community.

A list of resources has been compiled to help you connect with likeminded people and/or access the support you need.

Deakin LGBTIQ+ Staff and Students

Qlife — Switchboard Victoria provides anonymous LGBTIQ peer support and referrals. Online chat or call on 1800 184 527.

Supporting people who identify as LGBTI | 1800RESPECT

Communities of respect  |  Respect VictoriaDeakin Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Resource Directory - Victorian Pride Centre

Deakin Diversity and Inclusion Policy

International students

We value our international students, and offer specialist support on every campus, including access to translators if needed, and culturally appropriate supports.

Reporting an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or a behaviour of concern, will not impact on a person’s enrolment or student visa.

As an international student you will receive the same advice and support as domestic students.

Deakin can provide translators and interpreters via Counselling and Psychological services or Safer Community.

Cultural diversity and inclusion at Deakin

SMSC International Students Helpline - 1800 056 449

Supporting people from CALD, migrant and refugee experiences of violence  |  1800 RESPECT

Deakin Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Culturally and linguistically diverse peoples

Students and staff from all cultural backgrounds have the right to feel welcome, safe and supported to achieve academic or career success, free from race and religion-based discrimination and vilification.

Deakin is committed to promoting cultural diversity and inclusion within and beyond our University community and to preventing racism in its many forms. We value cultural differences and inter-cultural knowledge and skills. Deakin can provide translators and interpreters. You can arrange these by contacting Counselling and Psychological services or Safer Community.

Cultural diversity and inclusion at Deakin

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - 1800 755 988

Supporting people from CALD, migrant and refugee experiences of violence

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Deakin Multifaith Chaplains

Racism. It stops with me.

Deakin Diversity and Inclusion Policy

First Nations peoples

We would like to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our Deakin University campuses are located: the Wadawurrung people, the Boon Wurrung people, the Wurundjeri people, and the Gunditjmara people. We also pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students who join us at Deakin University and will always be mindful and respectful that our First Nations people are the Traditional Custodians of this country.

Deakin understands, supports and respects the cultural practices, attitudes and beliefs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  We offer a wide variety of support services on campus, we have highly trained staff and assist with referrals to services in your community and service providers

Djirra - Sharing stories finding solutions 1800 015 188

Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service Victoria (Djirra)

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative 03 5277 0044

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Relationships information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

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