Accessible Parking Permits are available for drivers or passengers with a disability and organisations that transport people with disabilities.
You can apply for a new permit, renew your existing permit or request a replacement permit through the VicRoads Victorian Accessible Parking Permit Scheme web site.
Find out more about changes to the accessible (disabled) parking permits.
Types of Accessible Parking Permits
There are two types of permits available under the Accessible Parking Permit Scheme:
- Australian Disability Parking Permit – you can park in a disabled person parking bay (blue bay) for the time displayed on the parking sign. You may park for twice the time displayed on the parking sign in any other parking bay. You also do not need to pay for parking in Whitehorse municipality in any parking bay (NOTE: Free parking may not be available in another municipality - you must check the sign).
- Victorian Double Time Accessible Parking Permit – only allows you to park in an ordinary parking bay for twice the time limit specified. (NOTE: Double Time Accessible Parking Permits do NOT allow you to park in a disabled person parking bay (blue bay)). You must pay for parking in Whitehorse municipality for the first time period e.g. you must pay for one hour in a 1P Ticketed parking bay and you get the second hour free. (NOTE: Free parking may not be available in another municipality - you must check the sign).
Accessible Parking Permit Eligibility
The decision to issue a permit and permit type, is based on a GP or occupational therapist functional assessment. Instructions on how to apply are available on the VicRoads website.
Temporary Accessible Parking Permits
A short-term permit may be issued to someone who has an impairment expected to last longer than six months. It can be for 6, 12 or 24 months. The same full term permit application process applies for a temporary permit.
Organisational Parking Permit for People with Disabilities
Organisations that regularly transport people with disabilities can apply for a 12 month Australian Disability Parking Permit (for organisations). These permits are assigned to vehicles. The vehicle registration is on the permit.
When you apply, you will need to provide the following information about your organisation:
- What it does
- Why it needs the permits
- How many permits it needs
- The number of drivers and vehicles
- The organisation contact person.
You will need to provide Council with documented evidence when collecting your permits:
- Business registration(s)
- Proof the vehicles are registered to your business.
- Failure to provide the documentation will result no permits being issued.
- Permits will not be mailed to your organisation. You must pick them up.
Where an Accessible Parking Permit Can Be Used
Australian Disability Parking Permit
|Victorian Double Time Accessible Parking Permits||
Example Parking Signs
|Disabled parking bay||May park for no longer than the period specified||Cannot park in the space||
|Regular parking bay||May park for double the period indicated on the sign||May park for double the period indicated on the sign||
|Parking bays in a parking meter area||
City of Whitehorse:
City of Whitehorse:
E.g. Pay for 1 hour but park for 2 hours
|Other municipalities||Check parking fees and requirements with the relevant Council||Check parking fees and requirements with the relevant Council|
Note: Holding an Accessible Parking Permit does not guarantee that an appropriate parking space will be available for you to use at all times.
When an Accessible Parking Permit Can Be Used
You can only park using an accessible parking permit if the permit:
- Is displayed on the passenger side of the front window dashboard.
- Has not expired.
- Is used only by the person or organisation the accessible parking permit has been issued to or by another person who is driving the permit holder.
Where an Accessible Parking Permit Can NOT Be Used
Accessible Parking Permits do not allow you to park in:
- No parking or no stopping areas including clearways during clearway time
- Permit areas such as bus stops, taxi ranks, loading zones and construction zones
- Prohibited areas such as across driveways, on centre reservations, nature strips and footways.
Accessible Parking Permit Conditions of Use
If you do not use the permit correctly, you may receive a parking fine. The permit:
- Must be securely displayed so all details are clearly visible through the passenger side of the front windscreen.
- Is not transferable and can only be used by the permit holder as a driver or passenger.
- Cannot be used if expired.
Accessible Parking Permit Cost
Accessible Parking Permits are free of charge for eligible applicants.
Applying for, Renewing or Replacing an Accessible Parking Permit
Please complete the appropriate VicRoads online application form through the VicRoads Victorian Accessible Parking Permit Scheme web site.
VicRoads have provided some online instructions to assist you with your application for a New Permit, Permit Renewal or Permit Replacement. You can also contact your GP or Occupational Therapist, or the Council Customer Service Centre for further assistance.