Family and Carer Supports

Western Sydney University is committed to supporting students and staff who are parents or carers or about to become parents or carers. There is an understanding that juggling family, caring and working or studying commitments can be challenging. Legislation underpins our policies and practice which aim to provide entitlements to make these responsibilities a little easier where possible.

On this page you can find information about family and carer supports including links for policy, fact sheets, toolkits and other resources for new parents, new mothers, and carers of family members with disability, chronic health concern or ageing parents.

Student Parent and Carer Support Toolkit

A toolkit for Students with top tips for balancing family, caring and study responsibilities and information about available networks and supports at Western Sydney University.

Supporting Parents Toolkit for Staff

A toolkit for staff on available supports and provisions to support you in managing your family and work commitments.

Celebrating the Strengths of our Parents and Carers

Watch the short video below developed by the SAGE team at Western to hear staff reflect on the strengths they have gained through their parenting and caring journey.

Further Information on Parent and Carer Supports at Western

National Families Week 2022 - Art Competitions to celebrate Western's diverse families

National Families Week is coordinated by Families Australia each year from the 15-21 May. The aim of National Families Week is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. This year to mark the week Equity and Diversity ran two art competitions around the theme ‘Celebrating Western’s Diverse Families’ - A design competition for Western Students and a drawing competition for the children of Western student and staff.