Services Australia named as breastfeeding-friendly workplace

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday August 9, 2021

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has named Services Australia as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace for the third year in a row.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has named Services Australia as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace for the third year in a row. (opolja/Adobe)

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) has named Services Australia as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace for the third year in a row.

The ABA grants this accreditation to organisations that provide their breastfeeding employees with space, time, and support.

Services Australia corporate support officer Kristy Michelson said she was able to use the agency’s carers’ room facilities for lactation breaks after she returned to work from maternity leave.

“The availability of the facilities ensured I could continue breastfeeding after I’d returned to work, which was important to me,” she said.

“As my children have grown, flexible work arrangements have enabled me to continue to balance work and family with no issues.”

There are a number of other state and federal government agencies that are accredited breastfeeding friendly workplaces, including the Department of Health, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and the Department of Finance. 

Services Australia chief operating officer and gender equality champion Annette Musolino said the accreditation was just one way Services Australia has been supporting its staff to balance work and family commitments.

“Together with agency policies designed to support families, we’re able to retain the skills, talent and experience of women in our organisation,” Musolino said.

The announcement coincided with World Breastfeeding Awareness Week last week.


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