The Disability Parking Scheme ensures that people with a disability have easier access to services and facilities throughout the state.
The scheme is run by local councils. VicRoads is responsible for establishing the regulations that govern it.
Eligibility for disabled persons' parking permits
Disabled persons' parking permits are only issued to people with a medical condition that severely affects mobility.
A person may be eligible for a permit if they:
- need a wheelchair, motorised scooter or similar device for ongoing use
- can't walk without assistance from another person or a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, fixed or mobile walking frame or similar device
- use a wheelchair, motorised scooter or similar device that hinders access to a vehicle in a parking bay
- have an arthritic, neurological, psychological, cardiac or orthopaedic condition that means they can't walk more than 60 metres
- use an oxygen unit
- have acute breathing difficulties caused by lung disease
- pose an extreme risk to themselves or others without the constant attendance of a caregiver.
An organisation may be eligible for a disabled persons' parking permit if it transports people with disabilities who would be eligible for permits if they applied as individuals. Those being transported must be unable to apply for or use individual permits.
If the organisation provides occasional transport for people with disabilities it may be issued a permit for that trip only.
Disabled persons' parking permit categories
There are two kinds of disabled persons' parking permits.
Category 1 (blue label) is issued to people who use a wheelchair, motorised scooter or similar device that prevents access to a vehicle in a standard parking bay.
This permit entitles the holder to park their vehicle in a disabled parking area or bay for the time and parking fee specified or for twice the time in a standard parking bay.
Category 2 (green label) is issued to people who can access a vehicle in a standard parking bay but need additional time to complete their visit. This permit entitles the holder to park their vehicle for twice the specified time in a standard parking bay. The holder can't park in a disabled parking bay.
Applying for a disabled persons' parking permit
To apply for a permit, individuals should:
- contact their local council for a disability parking permit application form
- complete and sign section one of the form
- complete the consent for the collection of personal information section
- arrange for a medical professional to complete section two of the form. Medical professionals include medical practitioners, medical specialists, psychologists and occupational therapists.
- submit the completed form to their local council for assessment.
Costs charged by medical professionals may not be recoverable.
Organisation can apply for permits by completing both sections of the application form as well as the consent for the collection of personal information section.
Application assessment by a medical professional
A medical professional will assess each application according to the:
- long- or short-term need
- need for wide parking bays or accessible parking spaces
- need for rest breaks.
The assessment must also include consideration of:
- whether the disability is defined and known
- how the condition will develop, improve, or change over time
- the effect of the disability on mobility.