- 1 Purpose
- 2 Scope
- 3 Procedure Overview
- 4 Procedures
- 5 References
- 6 Schedules
- 7 Procedure Information
To provide a framework which offers support and flexibility for breastfeeding mothers in their transition back to and/or during ongoing work, and in their roles as parents.
This procedure applies all Employees.
3 Procedure Overview
This procedure outlines the availability of support, flexibility and facilities for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.
The University supports and promotes the achievement of a work/life balance for its Employees. In this context, the University acknowledges the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and child and supports women who wish to combine breastfeeding with employment.
The University seeks to eliminate any direct or indirect discrimination against mothers on the grounds of breastfeeding, and will actively support mothers wishing to breastfeed on campus, including the provision of appropriately equipped parenting rooms on each campus.
4.1 Provision of support and facilities
4.1.1 Lactation breaks
The University is committed to providing Employees with flexibility to take lactation breaks during their workday. These should be negotiated between the Employee and supervisor as part of a flexible working hours arrangement, subject to the University's operational requirements, with time off to be made up at a mutually convenient time for the Employee and the work unit. Alternatively, Employees may utilise approved accrued time off in lieu to facilitate these arrangements.
These flexible working arrangements may include:
- time off for an Employee to express breast milk or to breastfeed her child either on- campus or at a child care centre
- flexible start and finish times
- allowing lunch and other breaks to be taken to coincide with feeding times, if preferred by the mother
- a short period of time off to return home if necessary.
The University is committed to providing a clean, private room on each campus that meets appropriate health and safety standards and includes provision for refrigeration and appropriate sterilisation equipment.
The University will provide access to suitable facilities to breastfeed and/or express and store breast milk on campus.
4.2 Support from supervisors
Supervisors should always be aware of the need to support Employees with family responsibilities, particularly through the accommodation of reasonable requests for flexible work arrangements, including accommodating the need for lactation breaks or time to enable breastfeeding of children.
Both supervisors and breastfeeding mothers returning from maternity leave will be given access to information aimed at supporting the mother's efforts to breastfeed after her return to paid work.
4.3 Flexible work options
The University will provide flexible work and leave arrangements that support the successful return to work or study of breastfeeding mothers, subject to mutually convenient operational requirements, which may include:
- negotiating flexible work arrangements that strike a balance between the operational requirements of the work unit and the needs of the returning mother, such as flexible start and finishing times, reduced hours, working from home, part-time work and job sharing; and
- providing reasonable flexibility for mothers to take lactation breaks during their workday.
4.4 Children on campus
Employees who bring an infant on campus should be considerate of the impact on the work/study environment of other Employees or Students and should have regard for the potential hazards and safety issues that might apply to the presence of a young child in any location on campus. Refer to the Children on Campus Procedure for more details in this regard.
4.5 Complaints management
Employees may initiate a Complaint under the Employee Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Complaints Procedure if the Employee believes a decision on the grounds of breastfeeding is discriminatory.
This procedure must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.
7 Procedure Information
Executive Director (Finance and People Capability)
Related forms, publications and websites
Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary
A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....more
A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....more
The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....more
Definitions that relate to this procedure only
Breastfeeding, support, facilities, pregnancy
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