The MPA Family Syndicate Room

The MPA values and celebrates postgrads who are also parents. We understand that juggling family life while studying can be a challenge especially when there is not always help available to take care of the kids at the drop of a hat.

In a bid to assist our hard-working mums and dads, the MPA launched its first-ever family syndicate room on Caulfield campus at the end May 2017!

When it’s your turn to mind the kids but you really need to get that assignment or thesis chapter finished, book the MPA family syndicate room - a quiet room that is child friendly, with toys, books and an activity space to keep the kids busy for a few hours. Big win for our postgrad parents!

If you are a postgrad parent on another campus, do not be dismayed! We are just getting started and will use this as a trial to lobby for more space on other campuses. In fact, why don’t you email us to let us know you’d like this on your campus?


The MPA Family Syndicate room is equipped with:

For postgrads:

  • Study space for 2 people
  • Two office chairs
  • White board and markers

For the children:

  • Activity table with two chairs
  • Art utensils with a mini blackboard, whiteboard or drawing paper
  • Reading corner with books for all ages Toys and puzzles
  • Playmat and cushions

Donations of used books and toys for use in the room are gratefully accepted.

Important Information

1) The MPA family syndicate room is located within the Caulfield MPA Postgraduate Lounge (Level 2, Building C), adjacent to the MPA office reception.

2) The room is available for booking from Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 5:00pm and can be booked for a maximum of 3 hours per day per postgraduate.

3) Postgraduates can book the family syndicate room online via google calendar or they can email the Caulfield receptionist with details of their booking request which must include:

their name;
the requested date;
the requested start time and end time;
the purpose of the booking (eg:individual study/group study/meeting).

4) Email bookings are not confirmed until postgraduates receive an email confirmation from the MPA. Emails will be responded to within 24 hours (between Monday and Friday).

5) Please familiarise yourself with the university policy for bringing children on campus and MPA's Family Syndicate Room Policy that applies to all users of the facility.

6) Upon first-time use, the postgraduate user will be required to fill in a registration form at the MPA reception.

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The MPA's first ever Family Syndicate Room