Parents and carers

Parents and carers

We'll provide support to help you care for those closest to you.


Leave options

Macquarie offers eligible staff generous parental and partner's leave, carer's leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave to help you support your family and loved ones.

Parental and partner's leave

Eligible staff have access to paid parental and partner's leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child where they are responsible for the child's care. See the Parental/Partner's Leave Policy and Procedure for more information.

To apply for parental or partner’s leave, submit a completed and approved parental leave form (PDF) to your payroll advisor. Please ensure you also provide written notification and supporting documentation indicating the anticipated date of birth, or evidence of the date on which a new child will be taken into care for adoption.

Carer's leave

Personal leave is available where a staff member is unable to attend work because of family/carer responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include:

  • caring for a family member who is ill or incapacitated
  • temporary and unexpected absence of the usual carer, such as the unexpected closure of a child’s school
  • an unexpected emergency.

For more information on carer's leave, refer to the Personal Leave Policy and Procedure.

Purchased annual leave

Eligible staff can also purchase either an additional five days (35 hours) or 10 days (70 hours) annual leave in a 12-month period.

For more information on purchased leave, refer to the Annual Leave Policy and Procedure.

Breastfeeding at work

Macquarie University is an accredited breastfeeding-friendly workplace. Nursing mothers have access to additional paid breaks and parents rooms for expressing and storing breast milk and to breastfeed if the child is in nearby care.

Breastfeeding/expressing breaks

Nursing mothers have access to additional paid breaks for expressing breast milk and for breastfeeding if the child is in nearby care.

If you wish to take breastfeeding/expressing breaks please: 

  • discuss and agree with your manager the duration and timing of breastfeeding/expressing breaks
  • take both the organisational and personal needs into account, with a focus on minimising disruption in the workplace, when determining the timing of breastfeeding/expressing breaks
  • notify your manager if your breastfeeding/expressing needs change.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association 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 1800 686 268.

Storing expressed breast milk

When storing expressed breast milk please:

  • place a label with full name, date and phone number on each container used for expressed breast milk
  • store the breast milk in a separate lidded plastic container within the fridge (a large lunchbox is suitable)
  • remove any expressed breast milk from the fridges when leaving the campus for the day
  • be mindful of milk storage times and conditions (see the Australian Breastfeeding Association website for more information).

Parents rooms locations

Building E8A, Room 107: Facilities include:

  • baby change table
  • a glider chair suitable for breastfeeding and a foot stool for extra comfort
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment
  • access to a powerpoint for expressing equipment
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels
  • a bar fridge for storing expressed milk
  • a microwave.

The room is unlocked when not in use from Monday to Friday. Contact Campus Security on (02) 9850 7112 to request access on weekends.


Building X5B, Room 109: Facilities include:

  • a glider chair suitable for breastfeeding and a foot stool for extra comfort
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment
  • access to a powerpoint for expressing equipment
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels
  • a bar fridge for storing expressed milk.          

The room is unlocked when not in use from Monday to Friday. Contact Campus Security on (02) 9850 7112 to request access on weekends.


Library Level 4 First Aid/ Baby Change Room: Facilities include:

  • baby change table
  • a chair suitable for breastfeeding
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment
  • access to a powerpoint for expressing equipment
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels
  • a fridge for storing expressed milk.    

Please ask a library staff member for access to the room.


For questions about parents rooms on campus, contact Lauren Dillon, Workplace Equity and Diversity Coordinator, at lauren.dillon@mq.edu.au.

On campus childcare

Experience the convenience of on-campus early childhood education and care. Macquarie has three on-campus early childhood education and care centres: Banksia, Gumnut and Mia Mia. Like everywhere, places are limited, but priority is given to Macquarie University staff and students, as well as staff employed by designated entity partners.

All three services operate under the Education and Care Services National Regulations and actively engage with the National Quality Standards. The services are approved for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

Flexibility

Flexible work options are available to help staff with managing work and personal responsibilities. Such responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • childcare responsibilities
  • returning to work from parental leave
  • caring for family members during illness or incapacity
  • caring for elderly family members.

For information on flexible work options and the process for applying, refer to the Flexible Work Policy and Procedure and discuss your needs with your manager.

Need more help?

Contact your HR representative.

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