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Procedure: Breastfeeding

Purpose

This procedure provides details about the breastfeeding facilities available at ANU and describes the flexible work and study arrangements that may be utilised to support breastfeeding mothers in their return to work and study.

Procedure

  1. The University recognises the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child and supports staff members and students who are breastfeeding their child while participating in work or study on campus and in campus related activities. Discrimination against breastfeeding women in employment or education is unlawful as a form of sex discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth) and the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).
  2. The University also recognises the need to ensure a safe work and study environment. All staff and students need to consider any hazards to breastfeeding mothers and comply with the Children on campus policy and other relevant work health and safety policies and procedures.
  3. The University provides facilities on campus that are accessible to staff members and students who are breastfeeding. Women may breastfeed in other places across ANU and must not be discriminated against if they choose to do so.
  4. Table 1 lists the location of breastfeeding rooms at ANU, facilities contained in the rooms and access arrangements.

Table 1

Building #

Building Name

Room #

Room type

Facilities

Access and opening times

15

JB Chifley Building

4.13

Parenting Room

Lounge, coffee table, microwave, change table, sink and privacy screen.

Open during library opening hours

72

Acton Early Childhood Centre

Parenting room

Lounge, coffee table, microwave, change table, sink and privacy screen.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm)

142

Jaeger 8

1.07

Parenting room

Lounge, fridge, work station.

Adjacent to kitchen with sink. Nearby unisex bathroom with change table and shower.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm)

26C

ANU College of Business & Economics

1.01B

Parenting room

Chair, microwave, change table, sink, and play equipment.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm)

Swipe card for access.

108

Computer Science & Information Technology Building

Room N321

First aid room

Sink, bed, chair.

Open during business hours (8-6pm).

48

Forestry Building

Room 0.19

Parenting room

TBA

Available from Sept 2017

60

Oliphant Building

OL3.07

Parenting room

Couch, table, chair.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm). Bookings required via:

- School intranet (school staff), or

- School reception (members external to the School)

9

HC Coombs Building

1009

First aid room

Lounge, change table, sink, first aid kit.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm).

13

Beryl Rawson Building

Room 1.24

First aid

Bed, chair, sink.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm).

137

Research School of Chemistry Building

Room 1.07

Parenting room

Temporary facility.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm).

Access by RSC staff and students only.

132

JG Crawford Building

Room 2.66

First aid room

Bed, chair, sink.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm)

M005

Cth Solar Observatory

Room 1.21

Parenting room

Lounge, refrigerator, change table, sink. Nearby kitchen with microwave.

Open during business hours (8am-6pm).

  1. When deciding to create a new designated breastfeeding facility, or when making temporary provision for breastfeeding mothers returning to work, the following facilities are recommended to enable women to breastfeed and/or express and store breast milk: power points, chair, nappy change and hand-washing facilities, refrigerator and breast pump storage area.

Flexible working arrangements

  1. Staff who are breastfeeding may request flexible working arrangements on their return to work in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement and relevant policies including the Staff Leave policy and Work, study and family responsibility policy. Such arrangements may include:
  • Graduated return to work
  • Part time hours provided for a period of time
  • Varying hours of work
  • Working from home
  • Job-sharing for a period of time
  • Reorganisation of lunch and tea breaks to accommodate breastfeeding needs

Flexible study arrangements

  1. Students who are breastfeeding may request flexible arrangements to enable them to meet the requirements of their study program, including alternate options for attending lectures and tutorials and sitting examinations.

Information

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Title Breastfeeding
Document Type Procedure
Document Number ANUP_000378
Version 6
Purpose This procedure provides details about the breastfeeding facilities available at ANU and describes the flexible work and study arrangements that may be utilised to support breastfeeding mothers in their return to work and study.
Audience Staff
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Equity & Diversity - Work & Life Balance
 
Effective Date 22 Jul 2014
Review Date 29 Sep 2020
 
Responsible Officer Director, Human Resources
Approved By: Chief Operating Officer
Contact Area Human Resources Division
Authority Sex Discrimination Act 1984
Discrimination Act 1991
Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012