UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 – Final Wrap Up!

October 14, 2019

UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 – Final Wrap Up!

We recently wrapped up the 2019 UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 event, and our Deakin Dragons need to give themselves a huge pat on the back for achieving the most successful results for Deakin University in many years!

A special mention to our Open Lawn Bowls and Women’s Softball teams, who both won the gold medal match, as well as to our Dance Category for an impressive three gold wins (Deakin Devils Geelong, Deakin Gravity and Deakin Hydra). We also want to thank our coaches, sports trainers, massage therapists and staff for their dedication and effort over such a big week.

We already can’t wait to do it all over again in 2020!

Check out the full list of final placings below.

#DeakinDragons #FightWithFire



Open Lawn Bowls (PENNANT)
Women’s Softball (PENNANT)


Women’s AFL
Mixed Ultimate Frisbee


Dance Category


Matt Avers (Men’s Table Tennis – Singles)


Cheer Category
Shannon Bishop (Women’s Golf)


Mixed Beach Volleyball
Mixed Netball


Umberto Francioni (Men’s Fencing – Foil)


Women’s Basketball
Men’s Table Tennis


Women’s Tennis
Women’s Beach Volleyball


Mixed Handball


Men’s Basketball
Men’s Rugby 7’s
Men’s Water Polo
Women’s Water Polo


Kelvin Cheng (Men’s Squash – Singles)
Bradley Paton (Men’s Table Tennis – Singles)


Men’s Beach Volleyball


Tarun Kolli (Men’s Cycling – Criterium)


Muhammad Ijaz (Men’s Table Tennis – Singles)

Deakin TV wins ‘Best Youth Program’ at the 2019 Antenna Awards

October 11, 2019

Deakin TV wins ‘Best Youth Program’ at the 2019 Antenna Awards

Deakin TV are all smiles this week after celebrating their incredible win at the 2019 Antenna Awards on Saturday 5 October, coming home with the gong Best Youth Program.

Held at Deakin Edge in Federation Square, Deakin TV were applauded by fellow industry peers as they were recognised for their cutting-edge music television program ‘Melbourne Underground’.

Melbourne Underground explores the independent music scene in our thriving and buzzing VIC metropolis, capturing all aspects of music culture at big and small venues. These venues included record stores, cafes, train stations, sports grounds, radio stations, organisations, restaurants and even churches!

Originally a final assessment piece from a TV Studio Production class, Deakin students decided to pitch Melbourne Underground to Channel 31 and were amazed when it was picked up for an entire 8 episode season.

Sponsored by Deakin University Community Bank, Melbourne Underground was then created in collaboration with Deakin TV which involved in-studio segments and performances, including visits to hundreds of locations around Melbourne. A phenomenal display of collaboration, commitment and teamwork!

Deakin TV President, Joshua Machuca, said he couldn’t believe it when they called out Deakin TV at the awards ceremony.

“It was amazing! Deakin TV is absolutely honoured to have produced Melbourne Underground and what’s even more exciting is that the last Antenna Awards were held in 2014, so this year’s ceremony included a pool of nominations from the last 5 years!

“Creating this program was a once in a lifetime experience for all of our members and we wish them the very best for their careers in television,” said Joshua.

Deakin TV is an exciting student community production house operated entirely by Deakin University students, focusing on Film, Television and Animation. Members have the opportunity to have on-set experiences, get involved in exciting projects and meet other talented creatives throughout the year.

To watch the award-winning Melbourne Underground, please click here.

Visit the Clubs webpage to join Deakin TV and browse through all the other DUSA clubs and societies on offer.

Funfields Summer Day Trip!

October 8, 2019

Funfields Summer Day Trip!

With the end of T2 knocking on the door, DUSA is gearing up for a scorching summer filled with endless amounts of fun!

So, what better way to christen the warmer weather and catch some rays than at the biggest theme park in Victoria, Funfields! Featuring multiple new rides and attractions, DUSA wants to see you and your mates at our Funfields Summer Day Trip on Friday 6 December 2019.

For more information please see below, or click HERE to register.


Gold Members: $52
Silver members: $58.50
Bronze members: $61.75
Others: $65


Burwood: 9am
Geelong Waurn Ponds: 8.15am
Warrnambool: 6.30am


Burwood: 4pm
Geelong Waurn Ponds: 4.30pm
Warrnambool: 6.30pm

In light of the sunny season, as well as the announcement of our Funfields Summer Day Trip, we’ve decided to plan you the perfect summer week where you can unwind and capture the essence of a true Australian summer that is full of adventure.

So here is DUSA’s guide to a perfect summer week:

Day 1 – Visit an Outdoor Cinema

Who doesn’t love having a picnic or renting a bean bag, and seeing the latest blockbuster! Outdoor cinemas come out of hibernation around the end of October and is definitely one of our all-time favourite summer chill sessions.

Day 2 – Swim & Sand

With some of the best beaches in the world, the perfect summer week wouldn’t be complete without some slip, slop slap and a day of swimming, sun and sand. Don’t forget to finish your day with some Fish & Chips and watch out for those pesky seagulls! 

Day 3 – Summer Night Market

Whether you love Polish dumplings, French cheese or Japanese Fried chicken, the summer night markets around Melbourne has all of those and more to fulfill your cravings.

Day 4 – Road Trip

Victoria is famously known for its amazing scenery just a little out of the CBD, especially in the summer! Why not take a scenic day trip down the Great Ocean Road or Mornington Peninsula?

Day 5 – Visit one of Melbourne’s Hotspot Bars

End an exciting day at one of Melbourne’s many bars open exclusively for summer. Unwind with your friends on a balmy night at a rooftop or by the water. Tip – try catch the summer sunset, it’s mesmerizing! DUSA’s personal favorites include Arbory Afloat and the Rooftop at QT.

Day 6 – Funfields Day Trip

The highlight of the week! With everything organized on your behalf, this summer day trip to Funfields is an adventure you will not want to miss. With something for absolutely everyone, you’ll be making new friends whilst going on unlimited rides. It’s a win-win situation.

Day 7 – Recovery

Today is your day! End your perfect summer week however you please – read a book, take a nap, or binge on Netflix. The choice is yours.

Don’t miss this opportunity so secure your spot on the Funfields Summer Day Trip now! From Volcano Beach, the Gravity Wave, Go Karts and a Virtual Reality, you’ll be in for the best day alongside your fellow DUSA members.

Cloud Students, What’s One Thing You Can’t Study Without?

October 4, 2019

Cloud Students, What’s One Thing You Can’t Study Without?

Hey Cloud students, what’s the one thing you can’t study without? DUSA wants to know! We’re running a competition to find out what Cloud Campus students must have while they’re studying. There are three different prizes up for grabs!

First place will receive a $100 gift voucher
Second place will win a DUSA stationery pack
Third place will win a DUSA teddy bear

You might not be able to study without a warm mug of tea. You may need the company of a beloved pet. You might even have a lucky charm hanging off your computer monitor. Whatever you need to have around to get studying, we want to hear all about it.

How to Enter
In 25 words or less, email dusa-cloud-committee@deakin.edu.au with one thing you can’t study without, including your full name, student ID and Deakin email address.

Eager for Exams to End? Never Fear, DUSA is Here!

October 1, 2019

Eager for Exams to End? Never Fear, DUSA is Here!

As exams rapidly approach, we feel the stress and angst rising amongst the students at Deakin. Indeed, that five letter word is sometimes (and by sometimes we mean most of the time) terrifying, but it can also be empowering and exhilarating knowing that it’s the end of the trimester and for some, the beginning of a new chapter in life.

In light of this taxing period, DUSA is not only holding fresh fruit and snack stations so you can re-fuel your brain during exams (more info below), but also providing you with five weird ways to de-stress! That’s right, we’re helping you cope with the crazy season not through your run of the mill relaxation techniques, but the unspoken wacky ways one can gain control of their chill during the busiest time of the year.

Discover five ways to fight the fright of exams:

1) Smell an Orange 

We know what you’re thinking…has DUSA lost its marbles? It’s strange, we know! But if you can move past this, studies have actually shown that Vitamin C helps relieve stress by lowering levels of stress hormones, including cortisol, and improving your mood. Drinking orange juice can also do the trick as it’s delicious and nutritious all at once!

2) Chew Gum

Chewing gum not only gives you minty fresh breath, but also reduces snacking, anxiety and depression, as well as potentially boosting your mood and productivity. Alongside these factors, chewing gum can also increase your alertness and improve multi-tasking, making exam revision a total breeze. It’s gum-believable.

3) Carry a Worry Stone 

What’s a worry stone, you ask? Well my friend, find a rock with a smooth surface that you can easily fit in your palm and anytime you feel stressed, simply rub it, and you’ve got yourself a worry stone! Through this motion, you’re transferring all that stressful energy onto the stone meaning it’s no longer weighing on your shoulders.

4) Wear Green Nail Polish

Relieving stress and having cute nails, who knew killing two birds with one stone would be so easy? According to a recent study, the colour green can immediately lower your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as feelings of anxiety during those stressful times. It also has a calming effect, perfect for finding your Zen. Namaste, peeps.

5) Visit a Smash Room

Have you ever wanted to blow off some steam with no consequences? Visit a smash room! Research has shown that smashing something in a healthy and safe environment can release muscle tension gained from extreme stress, as well as release endorphins to emit happier thoughts and feelings.

DUSA Exam Snack Stations:

Monday 7 – Thursday 17 Oct 2019 (10.30am – 1.30pm) along Morgan’s Walk and if wet, in Student Central Precinct.

Monday 7 – Thursday 17 Oct 2019 (10.30am – 12pm) on Union Green and if wet, in the DUSA Lounge.

Fruit and muesli bars will be available outside the DUSA student lounge during the 14 – 18 October (second week of exams).

2019 UniSport Nationals Div 1 Results & Recaps

September 30, 2019

2019 UniSport Nationals Div 1 Results & Recaps

Thursday 3rd October

And that’s a wrap! Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and yesterday was Day Four, the final day of UniSport Nationals Div1. It was so great to see our Deakin teams get behind each other to support and cheer the teams who made it through to the Finals. A huge congrats to Lawn Bowls who won the gold medal match against USQ (2-1). And also to Ultimate Frisbee and Women’s AFL who put up a strong fight and both won silver. Well done to all teams!

Thanks to all our athletes for showing tremendous sportsmanship throughout the week, and for your incredible team spirit. Seeing all of you show up, support and cheer each other on shows how strong our Deakin Dragons team spirit really is. Keep up the awesome work guys!

For the full list of Deakin Dragons results check out the UniSport web page (link below).

Deakin Dragons UniSport National Div 1 Results 

#FightWithFire #YourDUSA

Wednesday 2nd October

It was another jam packed day for our Dragons on the Gold Coast with Day Three of the UniSport Nationals Div 1. Our Softball team did us proud bringing home the gold medal in a jaw dropping game against MQU (12-5).

It was a big night for Cheer and Dance with seven teams bringing home a medal;

  • Deakin Devils Geelong (Cheer)  – Gold,
  • Deakin Gravity (Lyrical) – Gold,
  • Deakin Hydra (Hip Hop) – Gold,
  • Deakin Eclipse (Pom) – Silver,
  • Deakin Flame Burwood – Bronze,
  • Deakin Aurora (Jazz) – Bronze,
  • Julia & Tiana (Pom Double) – Bronze.

Lawn Balls were undefeated winning all three games against USC 2-1, UNSW 3-0 and QUT 2-1, the team will be playing in the Finals today. Womens Basketball drew their first game against USC, and went on to win their match against GU 34-31. Womens Tennis defeated ANU 3-2.

Mens Table Tennis made a come back winning their final game against UTAS 6-5 and will be competing in the Finals today. Ultimate Frisbee defeated UWA 15-6  and will also compete in the Finals today.

Well done Dragons on another great day of competitive sport! Good luck to all the teams competing in the Finals.

For the full list of Deakin Dragons results check out the UniSport web page (link below).

Deakin Dragons UniSport National Div 1 Results 

#FightWithFire #YourDUSA

Tuesday 1st October

Yesterday marked Day Two the UniSport Nationals Div 1, where our student athletes took the initiative to wear Deakin Dragon tattoos with the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. Ben Hall (Deakin Dragons Handball, Team Manager) said the “the student body wanted to represent the diverse society we live, we chose to do this in a way which not only united the Deakin Dragons team, but also promoted the inclusive nature of our tertiary institution”. It was great to see all our athletes wear their heart on their sleeve (literally!) and getting involved with this initiative, we couldn’t be any prouder of you guys. Go team!

Yesterday was another epic day of sport with our Womens AFL team undefeated once again, winning both matches against RMIT 18-7 and UNSW 65-3. Womens Softball will be playing in the gold medal match today after smashing all 3 games yesterday defeating MQU 6-3, QUT 8-0 and ACU 8-1.

Ultimate Frisbee continue to remain undefeated conquering all three games (LTU 15-2, OUW 14-7 and UQ 13-5). Our Lawn Bowls team also had a big one, winning two of three matches for the day (USQ 3-0 and AU 3-0).

Womens Basketball won both games against UON 51-38 and RMIT 45-42 and Mens Basketball had a close game with Monash, unsuccessful by 1 point 31-32.

Womens Volleyball turned the day around with a come back in their second game, defeating UTS 2-0.

For the full list of Deakin Dragons results check out the UniSport web page (link below).

Deakin Dragons UniSport National Div 1 Results 

#FightWithFire #YourDUSA

Monday 30th September

Let the games begin! Yesterday was Day One of the UniSport Nationals Div 1 and we kicked it off with a bang. The day started nice and early with our undefeated Ultimate Frisbee team winning all 3 games against UNSW, Monash and USA. The Mixed Netball team followed in their victorious footsteps, undefeated for the day. They played a nail biting match against Monash, down at half-time by 9 then turning it around and taking out the match by 4 points.

Our Womens Water Polo team made a splash in the pool dominating Bond University 13-7. Mens Table Tennis certainly put up a fight, unsuccessful in their first match against MQU, however making a come back in their second game of the day against UWA, winning 8-3.

Womens Softball took out their first two games against ACU (11-3) & MQU (8-1), unfortunately being defeated in their third game against QUT by only one point. The Lawn Bowls team made a come back in their second match of the day beating WS 3-0.

A great effort displayed for both the Womens and Mixed Volley Ball teams, winning a game each against SCU and WS. Womens AFL played their first game of the day against Federation University, kicking a goal with 10 seconds left on the clock to draw the game – 13 all. Then going on to win their next game against LTU 20-13.

Mens Basketball smashed their match against USYD 44-19. And on the flip side, it was the day of ‘one point thrillers’ for the Womens Basketball team, winning their first game of the day against QUT by one point, and then putting up a fight but unfortunately defeated against Monash by only one point on the buzzer.

Last but not least, a top effort by our Mens Squash Singles player, Ho Heng Cheng who won both of his matches yesterday.

All in all, a solid effort by the Dragons. Now let’s do it all over again today!

For the full list of Deakin Dragons results, check out the UniSport web page (link below).

Deakin Dragons UniSport National Div 1 Results 

#FightWithFire #YourDUSA

Sunday 29 Sep

For most people Sunday is the day of rest. Well not over here, we were bursting with energy and experiencing all the feels, because it’s officially game on! Our Deakin Dragons have touched down on the sunny Gold Coast ready as ever for a massive week of competitive sport ahead. Yep you guessed it, it’s that time of the year, the almighty UniSport Div1 Games where the best of the best student athletes across Australia will compete in a wide range of sport, from AFL and Basketball to Frisbee and Table Tennis. And best of all, we have 210 Deakin students wearing green and blue proudly representing the Dragons. What an incredible turn out, go team!

After landing on the Gold Coast and adjusting to QLDs infamous humidity, we all changed from our Melbourne layered clothing into a comfy pair of shorts and a t-shirt, and got settled into our accomodation at The Gold Coast Recreation Centre. The afternoon was spent with the entire group engaging in a range of team activities including obstacle courses, sling shots and sumo wrestling (which provided so many LOLs). This was a great opportunity for some team bonding and to get everyone feeling that team spirit before the crazy tornado of a week started. The activities were followed by a big family dinner at our accomodation, and a Welcome presentation from DUSA staff which finalised what was a very long day.

The Dragons will be competing in 15 different sports during the week so watch this space and follow us on our socials (@YourDusa) for the latest updates.

Wish us luck for day one. Go get it Dragons!

#FightWithFire #YourDUSA

UniSport Ready to Unleash the Deakin Dragons!

September 24, 2019

UniSport Ready to Unleash the Deakin Dragons!

DUSA’s very own Deakin Dragons are determined to spread their wings and dominate as they venture to the Gold Coast to compete in the 2019 UniSport Nationals Div 1 this weekend.

From Sunday 23 Sept to Friday 4 Oct, the competition will be heating up as more than 8,000 ambitious athletes from 43 Australian universities, including 190 Deakin sportswomen and men, will battle it out across 32 different sports.

Deakin will be representing in AFL, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cheer & Dance, Cycling, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7’s, Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Water Polo.

The Deakin Dragons are no stranger to competing on the national stage, especially the Women’s Basketball Team who took home the Gold Medal in 2018 with a nail-biting finish. Earlier this year they represented Australia in the Buddha’s Light International Cup (BLIA) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, placing fourth.

So, join our camaraderie as we send all our good vibes and good luck to our dynamic Deakin Dragons whilst they breathe fire upon their opposition, living up to their name and competing against the best of the best.

Don’t miss a second of the action by following @YourDUSA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Good luck, Dragons.

For more information, see our Sports webpage and the UniSport Nationals website.

Wellness Week – Chill, Relax & Unwind.

September 18, 2019

Wellness Week – Chill, Relax & Unwind.

Wellness Week – Chill, Relax & Unwind.

What do you do to maintain a healthy mind frame and spread positivity?

Whether you want to finally kick-start, or further strengthen your path to a happier and healthier way of living, come along and join our DUSA Wellness Week, a cross-campus event held from Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 September.

This week is dedicated to encouraging your mental and physical health so you can smash through that upcoming exam period with the best mindset possible. Who knows, you could pick up a few new tips to help boost those endorphins, chug a few green smoothies or make some new like-minded friends? Either way, it’s a WIN!

We’ve got loads of goodies planned for the week… bring along your ride-or-die on our smoothie blender bikes, or paws-the-pressure in your life by patting a pooch. We’ll also have a DIY body scrub station, fresh fruit and veggie stand and acoustic music to help you chill out and unwind.

So, put down your smart phone, step away from Netflix and make sure to head to your closest campus for our DUSA Wellness Week. Details for each campus can be found via the events page on our website.

In the meantime, here are a few Wellness Fun Facts & Tips. Enjoy!

  1. Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
  2. Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
  3. Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones by 67 percent.
  4. Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.
  5. Walking outside can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
  6. Always look on the bright side. Being an optimist can help you live longer.

Election Fever

August 15, 2019

Election Fever

Campaign fever is about to hit our campuses with the return of the annual DUSA Student Elections!

The right to express your interest via ballot is a crucial part of Australian society and Deakin is no different. Your vote highlights your ability to create a positive change at University, whilst empowering others to do the same.

The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) 2019 Elections will be held from Monday 16 September 2019 to Friday 20 September 2019 for the following positions:

17 Burwood Campus Electoral Delegates; plus

1 Burwood Campus Coordinator;
1 Women’s Representative;
1 Queer Representative;
1 Postgraduate Representative;
1 International Representative;
1 Events and Activities Representative;
1 Clubs and Societies Representative;
1 Diversity and Belonging Representative; and 1 Accessibility and Services Representative

11 Geelong Campus Electoral Delegates; plus

1 Geelong Campus Coordinator;
1 Women’s Representative;
1 Queer Representative;
1 Postgraduate Representative;
1 International Representative;
1 Events and Activities Representative;
1 Clubs and Societies Representative;
1 Diversity and Belonging Representative; and 1 Accessibility and Services Representative

5 Warrnambool Campus Electoral Delegates; plus

1 Warrnambool Campus Coordinator;
1 Student Engagement Representative;
1 Accessibility and Services Representative;
1 Diversity and Belonging Representative; and 1 Equity Representative

6 Cloud Campus Electoral Delegates; plus

1 Cloud Campus Coordinator;
1 Student Engagement Representative;
1 Accessibility and Services Representative;
1 Diversity and Belonging Representative; and 1 Equity Representative

National Union of Students (NUS) Delegates

Seven (7) positions

All positions will have their own role to play in managing and assisting the student community at our University. So, it’s important you flex your unalienable right and vote!

Nominations will open at 9:00am Monday 26 August and close at 4:00pm Friday 30 August 2019. Only student members of DUSA are eligible to nominate and vote for the Student Representatives for the campus for which they are enrolled.

Nomination Forms are available at any DUSA office, on the Elections page of the DUSA website or by contacting the Returning Officer. Cloud Campus students do not need a seconder for their nomination.

Nominations from all campuses must be scanned and emailed direct to the Returning Officer – james@argentelections.com.au or alternatively the returning officer will be available from 3pm at the DUSA Office in Building H, at Burwood Campus on the final day of nominations. 

Polling Times and Locations: 

Warrnambool campus

Monday 16 September
9.30am – 2.30pm

Geelong (Waterfront) campus

Monday 16 September & Tuesday 17 September
10.00am – 3.00pm

Geelong (Waurn Ponds) campus

Monday 16 September & Tuesday 17 September
10.00am – 4.00pm

Burwood campus

Wednesday 18 September, Thursday 19 September & Friday 20 September
10.00am – 4.00pm

Elgar Road campus

Wednesday 18 September
10.00am – 3.00pm

The Student Council is here to advocate for you – the students – and will endeavor to assist you in matters that are affecting your welfare or experience at Deakin University. For more information about the 2019 DUSA Elections, please visit our Elections webpage.

Bat above your average at howsafeisyourcar.com.au

July 31, 2019

Bat above your average at howsafeisyourcar.com.au

I don’t know about you, but when I was looking at getting my first car, I gave it a thorough check to make sure it has a vaguely functioning coffee holder, somewhere to plug my aux chord and didn’t smell like wet socks. I might have even checked to see if it has an engine (or at least a hunk of metal under the hood that looked like it could turn petrol into me getting a drive-thru burger at 3am because my stingy sister bought the cheap plane tickets which meant I had to pick her up in the middle of the night).

The point is, for us P platers, the safety of a car isn’t always front of mind when buying a car, we just want something that starts. Luckily, safety is no longer a luxury saved for ultra-wealthy people with hyphenated last names, it’s accessible to us regular folk via a little website called howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au.

This easy-to-use website lets you find the perfect car for your budget and taste, safe in the knowledge that every car on howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au has a 4 or 5 star ANCAP safety rating. This means you can focus on the cup holders, aux chord and sock smell (or hopefully lack thereof) without forfeiting safety!

Now you might be thinking, “Why do I need a safe car? My mate Dave drives an ‘82 station wagon that’s actually two different cars welded together and he’s never had a crash.” But the unfortunate reality is, we’re overrepresented in Victoria’s crash statistics even if Dave’s story is “honest to god”. As young drivers we make up 25% of all driver fatalities or injuries despite only accounting for 12% of all drivers on the road. As much as maths isn’t my strong suit, that statistic sucks for us, our friends and every other generation of young people that has had to deal with it. However, it’s within our power to buck the trend.

No longer do you have to settle for a car nicknamed ‘The Deathtrap’ by Cars Magazine 1993. No longer do you have to snatch that bargain from your cousin’s friend’s friend who is trying to offload his ute for “no particular reason”. No longer do we have to be over represented in the road statistics simply because of the faulty hardware we’re forced to buy because of our meagre budgets.

So, check out howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au and you’ll see, curtain airbags, ABS or even a complete set of functioning seatbelts aren’t luxuries anymore, they’re as common and basic as a morning television host. No matter your budget, there’s a 4 or 5 star safety rated car for you. Your friends will thank you, your generation will thank you, your future self will thank you (I might thank you too but I gotta go pick up my sister from the airport again).