We recognise that sometimes family commitments may make it difficult to meet work responsibilities.

Managing family responsibilities

We recognise that sometimes family commitments may make it difficult to meet work responsibilities. We offer the following benefits to help you with your family responsibilities.

Parental leave

We offer paid or unpaid leave for the birth (or adoption or fostering) of a child. This is on top of Australian government entitlements. Eligibility requirements apply.

Partner's leave

Partners of primary carers can take two weeks paid leave for the birth (or adoption or fostering) of a child. This is on top of Australian government entitlements. Eligibility requirements apply.

Carer's leave

Staff other than casuals can take up to 25 days of paid personal leave a year which includes carers leave to look after sick children or family members.

Childcare centres on campus

We have three KU childcare centres at Newcastle campus at Callaghan and one at Central Coast campus (at Ourimbah). The KU Kooinda Work Based Childcare Centre at Newcastle campus is specifically for the children of staff and students.

Parenting rooms

Accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

We are an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. We offer comfortable and private facilities at Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast campuses for breastfeeding; expressing and storing milk; and nappy changing:

Facilities include baby change table, nappy disposal unit, microwave, fridge, sink and comfortable chair.

Flexible work options for parents

Apart from the general flexible work options for all staff there are additional options for working parents. A parent can request a change in work arrangements (PDF, 13KB) (hours of work, patterns of work or location of work) for children under school age or children under 18 with a disability.

Eldercare information kit

We subscribe to the Eldercare Information Kit produced by Managing Work Life Balance Australia. This kit helps you with useful information about care services, health, money and dealing with grief and loss.