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

Managing family responsibilities

We recognise that family commitments can sometimes make it difficult to meet work responsibilities. We offer flexibility and a range of benefits to help you with your family responsibilities.

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.

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.

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. Full details are outlined in the UON Parental Leave Booklet.

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. Full details are outlined in the UON Parental Leave Booklet.

Parenting rooms

Accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

We are an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. Two 30 minute breaks per day are available for mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Download the accreditation flyer (PDF, 904KB).

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.

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.