Disability parking

A statewide Disabled Persons’ Parking Scheme currently operates in Victoria. The Australian Disability Parking Scheme is an initiative developed by the Australian Government, in conjunction with the states and territories to improve disability parking schemes across Australia.

The current scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions based on the applicant’s need for assistance. The permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the individual to whom the permit was issued. It cannot be used if the permit holder is not travelling in the vehicle.

Permits must be clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations such as Clearways, No Stopping, No Parking Areas, Taxi Only Areas, Bus Zones, and Authorised Resident Areas.

An individual is entitled to hold only one disability parking permit.

 

Permanent Disability Parking Permits

Current Victorian Blue PermitCategory One

To be eligible for a category one permit:

  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability and they cannot access a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or they are required to use a complex walking aid* that prevents access to a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or
  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has either an acute or chronic illness in which minimal walking may endanger their health, or
  • a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist must confirm that an individual is an extreme danger to themselves and others in a public place without assistance by a carer.

*A complex walking aid is defined as an aid which has more than one contact point with the ground.

Current Victorian Green Permit, with reference to Extra Time OnlyCategory Two

To be eligible for a category two permit:

  • A Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness which does not affect their ability to walk, however they require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken.

Temporary disability parking permits

Temporary permits will be issued to an individual who's ability to walk is significantly restricted on a temporary basis and is not likely to improve within six months.

Organisation disability parking permits

Organisations transporting individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are required to complete a separate application form. Eligible organisations will receive a permit for 12 months.

Types of disability parking permits

Within the categories one or two, councils may issue permits as follows:

  • Code A – for a driver or passenger who has a significant intellectual or ambulatory disability
  • Code B – for a passenger who has a significant intellectual or ambulatory disability
  • Code C – for organisations transporting individuals with a disability
  • Code D – for a temporary permit

A significant intellectual or ambulatory disability that is not likely to improve in an individual’s lifespan (Code A or Code B).

A significant long-term ambulatory disability that is not likely to improve within six months (Code D).

Parking for permit holders

A disability parking permit does not entitle the permit holder to free parking, unless stated on the permissive parking sign. Parking can differ from one local council to another and permit holders should always check the permissive parking sign.

A disability parking permit allows permit holders to park wherever there is a green or blue "permissive parking sign" such as these:

Green 1 PGreen PDisabled Park Green





A disability parking permit does not allow permit holders to park where there is a red restrictive parking sign such as:

Zone RedClearway RedBus Zone RedNo Standing RedNo Parking Red

Loading Zone sign Red

Category one (blue) and category two (green) permit holders are entitled to park for twice as long as indicated by a permissive parking sign (under Road Rule 206). The initial parking fee would have to be paid, but that payment would cover twice the length of time than it would for a non-permit holder. e.g. in a 1P parking bay upon payment of the initial parking fee for 1 hour the permit holder may park for up to 2 hours.

In addition, category one (blue) permit holders may park in reserved disability parking bays displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA), to which a permissive parking sign applies.

Please take particular care when parking in car parks not displaying permissive parking signs, as parking concessions might not apply. For example car parks that require payment on exit are generally operated by contract rather than by using permissive parking signs under the Road Rules, and the amounts they charge for parking will apply equally to all users.

How to apply

Application forms are available from your local council. Permits will only be issued to residents living in the council area.

The first part of the application form must be completed by the individual or someone on their behalf. The remainder of the application form must be completed by a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities, or a Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities.

The completed form must then be returned to your local council. The individual or someone on their behalf is responsible for any fees incurred in the completion of the form.

If an individual is eligible for the scheme you will receive a copy of the "Conditions of Use" with the permit.

Please contact your local council if further information is required or to apply or renew a disability parking permit.

Permit renewal

Individuals or organisations will be issued with a permit with a date of expiry. Permit holders should contact their local Council prior to the permit expiry date to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Lost/Stolen/Damaged Permits

If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, the permit holder should contact their local Council to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Permit cancellation

A permit is valid until the date of expiry and Council may cancel at any time for wilful misuse or breach of the “Conditions of Use”. Councils may impose penalties for misuse of the permit.

Refusal of an application

If an application is refused, the council must give its reasons for the decision in writing and reconsider the application if a second opinion is sought from another Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist.

Travelling interstate

Australian Disability Parking Permit from QueenslandVictorian disability parking permits are recognised in all Australian states and territories. Parking concessions may be different in other states and territories and individuals should check the conditions applying to the disability parking scheme in the relevant state or territory. Information is available on the Australian Disability Parking Scheme website.

Permit holders from interstate displaying the Australian Disability Parking Permit or the Queensland ‘red permit’ will be recognised in Victoria.

Interstate and overseas visitors

Provided it is current and valid, interstate or overseas disability parking permit holders may park in reserved disability parking spaces displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA) for the specified time only, and may also park in ordinary parking bays for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable).

Overseas visitors are advised to bring a current permit with them when travelling to Australia. If you require any further information please contact us using the following email address. 

Email: [email protected]

Interstate and overseas permits will be recognised throughout Australia, subject to local regulations being followed. 

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme was developed to make it easier to identify those people eligible for a parking permit. It includes:

  • a nationally recognisable 5 year permit
  • national minimum standards for parking concessions
  • new national eligibility criteria.

VicRoads is working towards implementing the Australian Disability Parking Scheme in Victoria, and addressing a number of long-standing issues with the operation of the current scheme. This will provide additional benefits to legitimate permit holders and reduce the likelihood of abuse of the scheme.

Valid Victorian disability parking permits are recognised in all Australian states and territories. Parking concessions may be different in other states and territories and you should check the conditions applying to the disability parking scheme in the relevant state or territory. Information is available at the Australian Disability Parking Scheme website.

Victorian permit holders should continue to use their existing permits as normal, both in Victoria and when travelling interstate until advised otherwise.

Permit holders from interstate displaying the Australian Disability Parking Permit or the Queensland ‘red permit’ will be recognised in Victoria.

VicRoads will keep permit holders, councils and other interested stakeholders informed of any changes that may affect them.

Information on the Australian Disability Parking Scheme or disability parking concessions that apply in other states and territories is available at the Australian Disability Parking Scheme website.

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