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Health and safety

Staying safe and well on campus is an important matter. Read the tips on this page to stay protected from unsafe situations.

Dealing with emergencies

In case of emergency

Contact emergency services if you should find yourself or someone else in a life-threatening situation. This could include a fire, an assault or if someone is suffering from a medical condition or injury.

In the event of an emergency you should call 000. An operator will ask you for the details of the emergency including an address.

For all security enquiries, information and advice, use the contact numbers below.

Important contact numbers

  • On-campus Security: 1800 062 579
  • Deakin Health Services: 1300 722 206
  • VIC Police Assistance: 131 444
  • Emergency: 000

Campus security

Your safety is our priority

You can stay safe as long as you are careful and stay in public places. There are several resources available to help keep you safe. You can contact our Deakin campus security on 1800 062 579.

Safezone Security App

A free app that will put you in contact with our Safer Community Team 24/7.

Swipe cards and door keys

Providing limited people with access to university rooms.

Security escorts

Security can escort you to and from your car or campus accommodation at night time.

Courtesy rides

Free transport around campus on the Deakin Shuttle Bus service.

Mechanical assistance

Jump-starting cars and other basic mechanical services.

Incident reporting

Anonymous incident reporting to keep our campus safe.

First aid registers

A network of staff has been trained in first aid and a list is posted in each building.

Your personal safety

Protect yourself and your property using these tips

  • Take responsibility for your own actions and make smart choices.
  • Never carry your Personal Identification Number with your credit cards. Never tell anyone, including a bank representative what your PIN is.
  • Avoid lonely or unlit places, especially at night; walk with a friend or stay in a group of people.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully; look confident. Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars asking for directions.
  • Move away from any threatening behaviour where possible.
  • Contact a staff member immediately if you observe anything suspicious occurring in or around the campus.
  • If you feel concerned at night, on the campus, request an escort by phoning campus security.
  • Never leave your wallet, bag or purse or other items of property unattended.
  • Only carry enough money for your immediate needs.
  • Report all thefts to Security.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

Health services & cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is mandatory for international students

All international students must obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their student visa. For students who will be undertaking a packaged course, there cannot be a gap in the OSHC coverage. Your OSHC fee can be found on your offer letter and is paid with the first tuition payment.

Learn more about OSHC.

Medical centres

If you become unwell, there are medical centres on campus. Visit our Medical Centres page for more information on services and booking an appointment.

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