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.
Staff other than casuals can take up to 25 days of paid personal leave a year (pro rata for part year or part time service) which includes carers leave to look after children or family members who are ill, injured, incapacitated or have 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.
Parental and surrogacy 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.
Partners of primary carers can take three 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.
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). Download the BFW Colleague card (PDF 900KB).
We offer comfortable and private facilities at Newcastle (Callaghan and New Space) and Central Coast campuses for breastfeeding; expressing and storing milk; and nappy changing:
- Callaghan Campus:
Facilities include a lockable door, baby change table, fridge and comfortable chair. Sinks and microwaves are also available either in the rooms or close by. Please refer to the Room use guidelines (PDF, 74.6 KB) for more information.
The University’s Equity and Diversity Team in Human Resource Services receives the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s quarterly e-newsletter ‘Essence’ as part of our accreditation membership. If you would like to receive an e-copy, please email EquityAndDiversity-HRS@newcastle.edu.au
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.