Parenting Support

Parent and Carer Resources During COVID-19

Western Sydney University understands that in order to achieve gender equality it is important to Supporting Parents - A Toolkit for Staffprovide a family friendly environment that supports staff and students with caring responsibilities.

The Supporting Parents Toolkit for Staff (PDF, 559.39 KB) (opens in new window)Opens in a new window details the generous provisions and services that the University offers to staff who have parenting responsibilities. Included in the toolkit is checklist for staff and a checklist for supervisors and a summary of parental leave entitlements.

In addition to this comprehensive toolkit, and recognising the importance of supporting shared caring opportunities for our staff,  a two page handout Managing Family Responsibility - For Partners has been developed to further highlight the provisions and services available to partners who have parenting responsibilities, including as primary carers.

More information is also available from the Office of Human resources via Managing Family Responsibilities.

Leave Provisions

The University has generous leave provisions available to support parents and adoptive/foster parents and partners including:

  • Parental leave which includes maternity, foster care and adoptive parents leave
  • Partner leave which includes Primary Carer leave for Partners
  • Reduced hours return to work option after parental leave
  • Flexible work options
  • Personal Leave
  • Purchase Additional Leave options.

More leave information is available from the Office of Human Resources.

Staff Checklists

To assist staff in navigating the parental leave process the following two checklists have been developed:

Staff are encouraged to work through the checklist with their Manager/staff member to ensure a smooth transition.

Breastfeeding Support

The University is accredited by the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. We support staff and students who wish to breastfeed their baby while they participate in work or study on campus. Women are welcome to breastfeed their babies wherever they feel comfortable on campus. Australian Breastfeeding Association Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace LogoThere are also 17 dedicated breastfeeding rooms available across 9 campuses for those who need a private space for breastfeeding. These rooms are equipped with a privacy screen, comfortable chair and access to refrigeration, power points for expressing breastmilk and lockers for storage of personal equipment please review the Breastfeeding/Expressing Room Guidelines.

For more information see the Breastfeeding on University Premises Policy and the Children on University Premises Policy (opens in new window)Opens in a new window.

Staff may like to review the Checklists for Managers and Lactation Break Agreement Form.

Parental and Breastfeeding Facilities on Campus

The following rooms are available for staff, students and visitors and can be used by parents and for breastfeeding.

BankstownBuilding 1.G.07
Building 1 G.08 
BlacktownBuilding BL.U10.1.26
CampbelltownBuilding 2.G.35
Building 21.G.39
Building 30.1.07
HawkesburyBuilding K4.G.20
Building K4.G.79
KingswoodBuilding N.G.11
Building N.G.13
LiverpoolBuilding 3.1.15
Building 3.1.18
Macarthur Clinical SchoolBuilding X7.G.38
Parramatta CityBuilding 1.1.33
Building 1.1.34
Parramatta SouthBuilding EB.G.16
Building EHa.LG.63

Further support and information

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (opens in new window)Opens in a new window has trained Breastfeeding Counsellors who are available to assist women with their breastfeeding concerns, and questions about how to combine breastfeeding and returning to work. They can be contacted on the toll-free number 1800 686 268

If you have any queries regarding parental leave and breastfeeding support at the University please contact Office of Human Resources or Equity and Diversity.