Facilities at UNSW and support available


UNSW recognises the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, and understands that many women will return to work while they continue to breastfeed. The University is a an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, and the UNSW Breastfeeding Guidelines seek to accommodate the needs of employees within the context of the needs of the University and individual work units. The University is committed to providing employees with flexibility to take lactation breaks during their workday. These can be negotiated between the employee and their supervisor. Learn more about flexible work.

Parents' rooms at UNSW

Parents' rooms provide:

  • a clean, private room with powerpoint, lockable door and comfortable chair; and
  • access to a refridgerator, hand washing facilities and breastpump storage area.

UNSW Sydney

Kensington campus (upper):

  • A parents' room is located in Rm. LG52 of the Morven Brown Building (C20). Note: security access required, see Access to parents' rooms on Kensington campus below.

Kensington campus (middle):

  • A parents' room is located on Level 1, Rm. 1Q09 of the Ainsworth Building (closest to K17).
  • Parents that require temporary access to this room can use the swipe card available from the School Mechancial and Manufacturing Engineering Office (Rm. 105, J17 - located next to the lifts).
  • Parents that require ongoing access to this room, see Access to parents' rooms on Kensington campus below.
  • A Women's Room is also located in Rm. 140 of Philip Baxter College (D18)

UNSW Canberra:

Access to parents' rooms on Kensington campus

  • Parents that require ongoing access to either parents' room on the Kensington campus must call Workplace Diversity on 9385 8354 or 9385 2732.


Support for breastfeeding mothers and their partners

The Australian Breastfeeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline. The helpline:

  • Provides free telephone counselling - ph. 1800 686 268
  • Is available 7 days a week
  • Is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes
eNewletter and futher information
The Australian Breastfeeding Association also produces a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace eNewsletter - providing news and information on breastfeeding, flexible work, links to useful resources and much more.

Additionally, the Australian Breastfeeding Association provides useful information for partners on how they can support their breastfeeding partner. The information covers:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Things partners need to consider
  • The different ways partners can provide support