Supporting UNSW’s Working Parents

UNSW is committed to helping staff balance work-life responsibilities, by providing access to high-quality services, facilities, and flexible work and leave arrangements, where possible.  

Support for working parents

UNSW has a lot of information at your fingertips so you can research your rights under the relevant awards and see what’s on offer.

UNSW is an Employer Member of Parents At Work, a membership-based organisation that provides best-practice policy advisory services and resources to employers to ensure that they have flexible workplaces that focus on wellbeing, parental transition and wider caring services so that staff with parenting and/or caring responsibilities can thrive in their roles both within and outside the workplace.

Preparing for the birth of your baby is an exciting time but one that can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. To help you through this period we’ve summarised your parental leave entitlements and put together a list of things to consider before, during and after parental leave.

This helpful resource includes information on staff entitlements, applying for leave, when to notify your supervisor, staying connected and the support offered by the University before, during and after your leave.

An eligible UNSW employee who is the primary carer of a child (or children) and who is not entitled to UNSW’s Maternity Leave may access a maximum of 26/36 weeks paid parental leave.

UNSW recognises the benefits from making flexible work arrangements available to all staff. We will endeavour to support staff to work flexibly, to help you balance your commitments at work and outside of work.

UNSW recognises the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, and understands that many women will return to work while they continue to breastfeed.

UNSW has achieved Best Practice accreditation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace 

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UNSW recognises that many staff, including those with caring responsibilities and other personal commitments, may be unable to attend essential meetings if they are scheduled too early or too late in the day. Scheduling regular team meetings between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm will support inclusion.

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