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Parking permits

Australia has one disability parking permit system across all states and territories. Both individuals and organisations can apply for a permit.

Eligibility

Individuals

If you are a Queensland resident, you are eligible for a permit if you meet 1 of the following criteria:

  • unable to walk and always require the use of a wheelchair
  • ability to walk is severely restricted by a permanent medical condition or disability (5-year permit)
  • ability to walk is severely restricted by a temporary medical condition or disability (6-12 month permit).

If you have an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive or sensory impairment, you are not eligible for this permit unless your ability to walk is severely restricted.

Organisations

To apply for a permit for an organisation, you must:

How to apply

Individuals

  1. Download and complete Section 1 of the application form (PDF, 511KB)
  2. Ask your medical practitioner or occupational therapist to complete section 2 of the application form.
  3. Lodge the completed form with the application fee at any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, or post (with cheque or money order) to:

    Department of Transport and Main Roads
    Disability Parking Permit Scheme
    PO Box 525
    Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Organisations

  1. Download and complete the application form
  2. Lodge the completed form with the application fee at any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, or post (with cheque or money order) to:

    Department of Transport and Main Roads
    Disability Parking Permit Scheme
    PO Box 525
    Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Cost

The application fee for individuals and organisations is $14.85 (as at 1 July 2013). From 1 July 2013 payment will incur a credit card surcharge when you choose to pay using the credit option. This fee is reviewed at the end of every financial year.

Using the permit

The permit allows you to park:

  • for free at any on-street parking in local government metered and regulated parking areas:
  • - up to 30 minutes—when the time limit stated is less than this

    - for an unlimited time—when the time limit stated is 30 minutes or more

  • in parking bays displaying the international symbol of access for on and off-street parking bays.

Permits only need to be displayed when using a valid parking bay/space. Permits must be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the windscreen with the permit number and expiry date clearly visible.

Check the local arrangements when using the permit outside Queensland, as they may vary.

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme website has links to all Australian state and territory rules and regulations.

Replace a permit

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged permit,

  1. Download and complete Section 1 of the application form (PDF, 511KB)
  2. Specify the reason for replacement (you don't need a doctor or therapist to certify the application or pay the fee again)
  3. Lodge the completed form at any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, or post to:

    Department of Transport and Main Roads
    Disability Parking Permit Scheme
    PO Box 525
    Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Finding a disability parking space

Contact your local council for information about disability parking spaces in your local area, as well as any particular parking privileges or concessions that apply.

More information

You can contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 132 380.

Red permits

Red disability parking permits are no longer issued in Queensland. Red permits will remain valid until they expire.

Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website for more information about red permits.

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Last updated:
15 August 2014

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