Parenting Support

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

The Supporting Parents Toolkit for Staff (PDF, 559.39 KB) (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 supports 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. There are also rooms available for those who need a private space for breastfeeding. For more information see The University's Children on University Premises Policy (Opens in a new window).

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.

CampusLocationRoom Type
BankstownBuilding 1.G.07Parents Room
CampbelltownBuilding 21.G.39Parents Room
HawkesburyBuilding K4.G.20Parents Room
ParramattaBuilding EB.G.16Parents Room
ParramattaBuilding EHA.LG.63Parents Room
Penrith (Kingswood)Building N.G.11Parents Room

Further support and information

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (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.