Disabled Persons Parking Scheme
A state-wide Disabled Persons' Parking Scheme currently operates in Victoria. The Scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions, based on the applicant's need for assistance.
Under category one, permit holders with significant intellectual or ambulatory disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to park a vehicle in a special bay reserved for people with a disability only, for the specified time only, or may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable).
Under category two, permit holders who require rest breaks when walking may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable). The permit label should be carried by the permit holder when he / she is not being transported in a vehicle. Permits must not be left on display when the vehicle is not engaged in the process of transporting a permit holder. Category two permit holders are not permitted to park in special disabled persons' parking bays.
How to apply
Application forms are available from Council. Permits will only be issued to established residents of a municipality. The first part of the application form must be completed by you or your agent. The rest of the application form should be completed by the Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities and the Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities. The completed form must then be returned to Council. You or your agent are responsible for any fees incurred in the completion of the form.
If you have a permanent disability you will be issued with a permit for three years. Temporary permits will be issued for a disability that is not likely to improve within six months and a further medical certificate must be presented for renewal or the permit. Organisations will receive a permit for 12 months.
A permit is automatically cancelled after the expiry date and may be cancelled at any time for wilful misuse or breach of the Conditions of Use. Penalties may be imposed for misuse of the permit.
Permits are recognised elsewhere in Australia. Parking concessions may be different in other States and Territories and you should check the conditions applying to the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme in the State or Territory you intend to visit.