Deakin University is an Australian public university with over 43,000 higher education students in 2012. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

The university receives more than A$600 million in operating revenue annually, and controls more than A$1.3 billion in assets.

Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. Deakin University’s first campus was established at Waurn Ponds. The University was the result of a merger between State College of Victoria, Geelong (formerly Geelong Teachers College) and the Gordon Institute of Technology (now the Gordon Institute of TAFE). Deakin enrolled its first students at Waurn Ponds in 1977. A merger with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education took place in 1990. This was followed by a merger with most of Victoria College in 1991, with its campuses in Burwood, Rusden and Toorak.

The Geelong Waterfront Campus Deakin’s newest campus, located on Corio Bay, in the central business district of Geelong. Originally built as the Dalgety's Wool stores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern campus centre, whilst retaining most of the original internal elements. More than 3,400 (A.D. 2013) students are based at the Geelong Waterfront Campus which hosts the schools of: Architecture and Building, Health and Social Development and Nursing. The schools offer courses in architecture and construction management, nursing, occupational therapy and social work and business and law.

The largest campus of the University is in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Burwood Highway, about 45 minutes by tram (route 75) from the Melbourne CBD. Located alongside Gardiner's Creek parklands between Elgar Road on the north-west border and Mount Scopus Memorial College on the east border, it has had a number of new multi-story buildings constructed in recent years and the campus has about 21,821 (2012) undergraduate and postgraduate on-campus students pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, information technology, law, management, media and communication, nursing, psychology, public health and health promotion, science, sport and visual, performing and creative arts.

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights
  • Centre for Partnerships and Projects in Education
  • Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
  • Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Deakin Graduate School of Business
  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Law
  • School of Management and Marketing

Faculty of Health

  • School of Psychology
  • School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • School of Health and Social Development
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Medicine

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences


There are currently 30,680 undergraduates students and 12,622 postgraduates students enrolled in deakin university. There is above 2500 admin and academic staff in the university.

Deakin is a multi-award winning university with an international focus. The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 has ranked Deakin University 66th in the World among the top Universities under 50 years old.

Deakin University has been awarded a QS 5 Star Rating for Excellence in 2013.

In 2009 and in 2013, the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) awarded Deakin's Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (International) courses the maximum score of five stars, placing them in the top.