You will also be entitled to a special needs parking permit that allows you to access car parks located closer to the AIBN. These permits are available during pregnancy, for carers of breastfeeding babies and for carers with young children (parents with prams bays).

Parental Leave Policy  Parking Permits

You are entitled to access up to 10 “Keeping in Touch” days during the first year of Parental Leave, and an additional 10 days during a subsequent period of Additional Unpaid Parental Leave. Keeping in touch days are intended to support you to remain connected with AIBN without losing your entitlement to parental leave, and thereby help to ease your transition back to work. The Keeping in Touch days are voluntary and must be agreed between you and your supervisor. Accessing these days does not extend any period of parental leave however staff on unpaid parental leave will be entitled to remuneration for these days.

Learn more about Keeping in Touch days

You may be eligible to access government paid parental leave.

Learn more about government paid parental leave


The AIBN aims to promote and achieve a family friendly work environment. As Supervisors you play a key role in creating and supporting this endeavour. We acknowledge that there are many practical challenges faced by both staff and supervisors in achieving this, and AIBN aims to provide a framework of information and initiatives to support us all in achieving this goal.

As a supervisor it is important that you are supportive of staff taking parental leave, and where possible accommodate a flexible or gradual return work, and that you recognise the potential impact this absence may have on a staff member’s career. It is understandable that in this highly competitive funding environment that we operate, you will also have concerns about the impact this absence will have on your own research group.

As a first step, it is recommended that you have a discussion with the staff member to consider possible arrangements in the lead up to, during and following the parental leave period. It is important to set mutually agreeable expectations. This discussion will create a  foundation in being able to effectively manage the parental leave period.

Learn more about the role supervisors play