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Guidance for parents and caregivers

When your child starts university it can be both exciting and daunting, for you and for them. We've gathered all the information you may need so that you can prepare them (and yourself) for the journey ahead.

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's 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)

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

#1 in Victoria*

for student satisfaction

Year on year, our students are the most-satisfied of all Victorian universities. We’ve been ranked number one for ten years running, with students being especially happy with our teaching, learning resources, student support, skills development and learner engagement.

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

Admission and selection adjustment factors

Deakin is committed to providing equity and access for students who might not otherwise enjoy the benefits of higher education. Their ability to show potential for university may have been impacted by a number of factors, such as:

  • a remote living or school location
  • recognition as an Indigenous Australian
  • a non-English speaking background
  • experiencing difficult circumstances
  • a disability or medical condition.

These factors, and others, are considered upon application, which can increase the student's chance of receiving an offer but does not guarantee it.

Learn more about admission and selection adjustment factors

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

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

Deakin Webinar Series: Pathways to Deakin

If you missed out on your dream course, are considering transitioning from TAFE to uni or supporting someone through this process, learn about the many exciting pathways to Deakin.

Services and support

Deakin has five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the Cloud Campus 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.

We're here to help

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

How to support your child through Year 12 and choosing a uni

The best way you can tailor your support to your child's needs is to understand what they're going through.

Read more

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.

Read our privacy policy

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)
Enquire online

International students
+61 3 9627 4877

*2010-2015 Australian Graduate Survey, Graduate Outcomes Survey – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2016–2018.
^Domestic students only.

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