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Australian Disability Parking Permit

In Queensland the disability parking permit scheme consists of 2 permits, the:

  • Australian permit
  • red permit—for existing red permit holders only. Red permits are no longer issued to new applicants but if you already have a red permit, you may reapply for another when your permit expires.   

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Red Disability Parking Permit

Australian permit

You may be able to get an Australian permit if your ability to walk is severely restricted by a medical condition or disability.

If you have a permit issued interstate and move to Queensland, you will need to apply for a permit within 14 days of becoming a resident.

Check your eligibility for a parking permit

In Queensland the disability parking scheme is a mobility scheme based on a person's functional impairment to their ability to walk.

Individuals

You may be able to apply for an Australian permit if you are a Queensland resident and 1 of the following applies to you:

  • unable to walk and always require the use of a wheelchair
  • ability to walk is severely restricted by a permanent medical condition or ability to walk is severely restricted by a temporary medical condition or disability that you will have for 6 months or more as certified by your doctor or occupational therapist.

Applicants with intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive or sensory impairment alone do not meet the eligibility criteria unless the applicant also has a mobility impairment that impacts on their ability to walk.

Organisations

Organisations may apply for an Australian permit for use on vehicles up to and including 4.5t GVM (taxi and limousines are excluded).

To apply, organisations must:

Red permit

Red permits are no longer issued to new applicants but if you already have a red permit, you may reapply for another when your permit expires.

How to apply for an Australian parking permit

Individuals

1. Download the Australian parking permit application (F4814) and complete:

  • the option for the type of permit needed
  • Section 1 of the application.

2. Ask your medical practitioner or occupational therapist to complete Section 2 of the application.

3. Lodge your application in person or by post and pay the permit fee.

In person

Lodge your completed form at your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre.

By post

Do not send cash.

Make your cheque or money order payable to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Mail your completed form with cheque or money order to:

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

Application decision

You will receive notification by post of approval or refusal of an Australian permit within approximately 28 days from when your application is received. Notification will be sent to the address provided on the application form.

Organisations

1. Download and complete the Australian permit application for organisations (F4881).

Make sure to include:

  • all vehicle registration details—attach a separate list if needed
    • if the organisation doesn’t own a registered vehicle, then the registered vehicle’s owner must provide written authorisation  
  • the number of staff required to drive the vehicles that use the permit
  • a contact person responsible for maintaining a permit/vehicle register.

2. Lodge your application in person or by post and pay the permit fee.

In person

Lodge your completed form at  your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre.

By post

Do not send cash.

Make your cheque or money order payable to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Post your completed form with cheque or money order to:

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

Application decision

You will receive notification of approval or refusal of a permit within approximately 28 days from when your application is received. Notification will be sent to the address provided on the application form.

Additional requirements for organisations

Organisations must ensure that employees and volunteers return permits prior to leaving the organisation.

An organisation must let a transport and motoring customer service centre know when vehicles registered for use with the permit change.

You will need to complete the Australian permit application for organisations (F4881) (PDF, 85KB) and include a permit register of the new vehicle details and what vehicle details may need to be removed. You can attach a separate disability parking permit register if needed.

Permit for vehicle register

When a permit is granted, organisations are required to maintain a permit/vehicle register to record the use of each permit against each specified vehicle.

The register should include:

  • total number of permits on hand
  • vehicle registration number
  • name of driver/name of permit user
  • reason for transport
  • time taken
  • signature
  • time returned
  • signature.

This register must be provided to the Department of Transport and Main Roads on request.

Using your parking permit

Australian parking permit

You can use your Australian permit 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 shown on a sign is less than this
    • for an unlimited time—when the time limit shown on a sign is 30 minutes or more
  • in parking bays displaying the international symbol of access for on and off-street parking bays.

Private car parks may charge their own fees. You will need to check the terms and conditions of parking in private car parks.

Red permit

You can use your red permit to park according to the permit conditions in any off-street parking bay displaying the international symbol of access.

On-street parking is not permitted.

Overseas and interstate permits

Valid overseas and interstate parking permits may be used in Queensland and are equivalent to the Australian permit.

Queensland parking rules apply.  

Permit conditions of use

Your permit must be:

  • used to park only in the parking spaces stated
  • clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the outside of the vehicle
  • displayed when you (or the eligible person for organisations) are getting in or out of the vehicle
  • displayed in a vehicle up to and including 4.5t gross vehicle mass.

You must follow your permit conditions or you may be fined.

Report misuse of a disability parking permit or space

Misuse of a disability parking permit 

You can report misuse of a parking permit when a person using a parking permit doesn’t appear to have an impairment to their ability to walk.

You will need to contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads and include details such as:

  • permit number
  • place where the person parked
  • date and time
  • registration of vehicle and vehicle type
  • a brief description of the person.

Misuse of a disability parking space

You can report use of a disability parking bay without a permit to:

Private car parks will need to have the issue reported to the property owner through centre management.

Replace, renew or update your permit

Replace a permit

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged permit you will need to apply for a permit. You don’t need your doctor or occupational therapist to certify the application or pay a fee.

Renew your permit

When your permit is about to expire you will be sent a notice in the mail approximately 6 weeks prior to your permit expiry inviting you to reapply for a parking permit.   

You don’t need to pay a fee to renew your permit if your application is received within 3 months of the permit expiry date.

Renew your Australian permit

To renew your Australian permit you need to meet the eligibility criteria.

Renew your red permit

To renew your red permit, you will need to meet the following red permit eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

You must continue to live in Queensland and 1 of the following must apply:

  • your functional mobility is severely impaired as a result of a permanent or temporary loss of the use of one or both legs
  • you have a physical condition that is detrimentally affected as a result of walking 100m.

If you let your red permit expire for more than 3 months, you will need to apply for a new Australian permit and you won’t be eligible for the red permit again.

Expired permit

You need to apply for a new permit if you let your permit expire. You may get a fine if you continue using an expired permit.

Change of name

To change your name on your permit you will need to complete a change of details form (F4214) and take the form to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre.

Change of address

You can update your address in person, over the phone, or by mail:

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

Notify us of a deceased permit holder

You can let us know a permit holder has passed away by providing a copy of 1 of the following documents:

  • photocopy of the death certificate
  • funeral notice
  • coroner’s report
  • Certificate of Authority issued by Public Trustee under the Public Trustee Act 1978.

The permit should also be returned to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre.

Permit suspended or cancelled

Your parking permit may be suspended or cancelled if:

  • your permit was obtained on the basis of misleading or incorrect information
  • you did not follow the conditions of the permit
  • you are no longer eligible to hold a permit

You may get a fine if you use a cancelled or suspended permit.

A notice will be mailed to you letting you know your permit will be suspended or cancelled, the reason why and how long it will be suspended for (if it is not cancelled).

You can write to the Department of Transport and Main Roads within 28 days if you do not agree with your permit being suspended or cancelled.

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

Permit application refused—request for decision review

If your application was refused, you may have your application reviewed within 28 days.

To have your application reviewed you must complete an application for review of a decision (F3859) and take it to:

You can also post your application for review to:

Principal Policy Officer
Industry and Operator Authorisation
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Permit cost

You will need to pay $15.35 for a:

  • new Australian permit application
  • 6 to 12 month Australian permit application
  • 5 year Australian permit application—when your permit has been expired for more than 3 months.

An application cannot be processed without payment of the non-refundable fee.

Using your permit when you travel

You can use your Australian or red permit anywhere in Australia.

Make sure you check the Australian Disability Parking Scheme webpage for local council parking laws of your destination as they may vary. Red permit holders must park according to permit conditions.

Finding a disability parking space

Contact your local council for information about disability parking spaces in your local area and if there are additional parking privileges or concessions that may apply.

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Last updated:
14 October 2014

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