The University welcomes and actively supports staff and students wishing to manage parenting responsibilities and their employment or study commitments. The University is accredited as a 'Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace' through the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) and the benefits are for all members of our community. The current Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace is available.
The Breastfeeding on Campus statement outlines the services and support offered by the University. The information details the process for ensuring you can breastfeed/express along with other important information. For managers, the ABA Manager / Supervisor checklist (DOCX 1.0 MB) can be used as a guideline to assist in discussions with staff.
Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Breastfeeding Association has been closely monitoring the situation to ensure we take a calm, considered and well-informed national approach.
We're keen to let you know that the Australian Breastfeeding Association continues to operate to deliver our important services, including the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace program, while taking actions to:
- prioritise the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and members
- ensure all Australian Breastfeeding Association staff and volunteers adhere to the directions of their respective State, Territory, and Federal government
- move to virtual delivery of our services to provide continuity of peer support, information and resources to enable and empower parents to stay connected and breastfeed their babies.
Please visit the ABA's website for further information our view their recent media release (PDF 185.9 KB) to find out more valuable information.
Facilities at UTAS
You are welcome to feed your child wherever you feel comfortable on campus. In addition, facilities are available for staff and students who need a private space to breastfeed/express milk.
UTAS currently provides facilities on the Newnham, Inveresk and Hobart campuses. These rooms are available for staff and students and provide facilities for breastfeeding/expressing. If a room is not available on your campus, please discuss your needs with your Supervisor, Student Advisor, Faculty Officer or People and Wellbeing Business Partner to be found alternative arrangements.
With the exception of the room in Norfolk Hall AMC, from Monday to Friday the rooms are unlocked when not in use. If you need to use the rooms on weekends, please contact campus security on 6226 7600 to request access.
- Parenting/First Aid Room (AC1), Norfolk Hall, AMC (please ask for the key at the AMC reception desk)
- Room 234, Architecture and Design Building
- Nursing Room, MS1
- Studio Theatre (next to the University Centre), Parenting Room, Room 206
- Room 340c, IMAS Building, Salamanca
- Room 141, Hunter Street
- Building A, Room 111
All facilities can be used by staff and students, except for those marked 'students only' which are administered by the TUSA.
Facilities have within them or close by:
- Hand-basin and/or kitchen sink.
- Chair suitable for breastfeeding/expressing and table.
- Baby change table.
- Power point for expressing equipment.
- Lockable door.
- Literature and information material relating to breastfeeding.
Fridges are located in tea/lunch rooms throughout the campus. Students as well as staff are welcome to store clearly labelled BREASTMILK in these fridges.
Clearly label milk-file storage containers with your name, phone number and date before placing them in the refrigerator, preferably within a larger storage container.
- Remove any expressed breast milk from fridges prior to leaving the campus at the end of the day.
- Be mindful of milk storage times and conditions. These are available on the Australian Breastfeeding Association website: www.breastfeeding.asn.au
- If applicable, ensure that your child is delivered directly to the space designated for the purpose of lactation breaks and that the child leaves the workplace at the completion of each lactation break.
- For questions regarding breastfeeding facilities contact: Christene Sytsma on telephone 03 6324 3198.
- For advice and support regarding negotiating lactating breaks or other support:
- The Australian Breastfeeding Association has trained Breastfeeding Counsellors who are available to assist you with any breastfeeding concerns, and questions about how to combine breastfeeding and returning to work. They can be contacted on the toll-free number 1800 mum 2 mum - 1800 686 268.
What does the legislation say?
In June 2011 amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) established breastfeeding as a new separate ground for discrimination. Breastfeeding is defined as the act of expressing milk and includes a single act of breastfeeding and breastfeeding over a period of time. Both direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of breastfeeding is prohibited. This prohibition covers various areas including work, education, goods, services and facilities, accommodation, land and clubs. However, any 'special measures' to address the needs of persons to breastfeed (such as a dedicated room in a workplace to feed or express) is not considered discriminatory.