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Disability parking permit

Australian disability parking permits are issued in South Australia for people with a disability and organisations that provide transport services.

The universal permit design is recognised in every state of Australia.

Who can apply

You can apply for an Australian disability parking permit in South Australia if you are:

  • a person whose ability to use public transport is significantly impeded by a physical impairment that significantly restricts speed of movement and use of public transport
  • an organisation that provides transport services to at least four persons with disabilities.

A temporary Australian disability parking permit may be issued to a person whose disability is likely to last for more than six months but is not permanent.

How to apply - individuals

1. Application form

Complete the form MR256 application for an Australian disability parking permit.

2. Medical practitioner

Ask a medical practitioner to complete and sign the relevant parts of the application.

3. Lodge and pay

Return the application to a Service SA customer service centre with the required fee.

How to apply - organisations

1. Application form

Complete the application for an organisation requiring an Australian disability parking permit.

2. Declaration

Declare that the permit will only be used when transporting persons who fit the above definition.

3. Lodge and pay

Return the application to a Service SA customer service centre with the required fee.

Renewals

An Australian disability parking permit can be renewed by telephoning 13 10 84 using your Mastercard or Visa, by attending a Service SA customer service centre or by post.

To remind permit holders that their permit is due to expire - an invitation to renew is sent to the holder (who hold a five year permit) six weeks prior to the expiry of their permit.

If paying by post, the invitation to renew must be completed and forwarded, with the appropriate fee, to your nearest Service SA customer service centre or posted directly to the Australian disability parking permit clerk at GPO Box 1533 Adelaide 5001.

The physical permit will not be forwarded until payment is received. The turnaround time for permits to be renewed is two weeks. To allow for the turnaround period, clients should renew their permit two weeks prior to expiry.

Replacement permits

If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, a letter with a brief outline of the reason a replacement is needed will need to be completed and addressed to the Australian disability parking permit clerk.

The letter can either be faxed or mailed or you can personally attend your nearest Service SA customer service centre where a customer service officer will forward your letter to the Australian disability parking permit clerk. The information must include:

  • full name of the applicant
  • date of birth
  • current address
  • permit number (if known).

Mail to:
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Australian disability parking permit clerk
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001
Fax: 8402 1977 

The turnaround time for a replacement permit to be mailed out is two weeks.

Permit conditions

An Australian disability parking permit can be issued for up to five years.

A temporary Australian disability parking permit cannot be issued for more than one year. The permit:

  • is valid if the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder
  • allows the vehicle to be parked in parking spaces which are signposted and have the people with disabilities symbol painted on the road surface.

If a sign indicates that a time limit applies to disability parking space there is no additional time allowed.

Parking concessions

The National minimum parking concessions for the Australian disability parking permit have been introduced to South Australia.

If the time limit on a parking sign is:

  • less than 30 minutes, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder will be 30 minutes
  • 30 minutes or more but less than one hour, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder will be two hours
  • more than one hour, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder will be twice the period indicated on the sign.

If the parking sign is in an area set aside for people with disabilities, the additional parking concessions do not apply.

You should not exceed any parking sign time limits applying to a parking area for people with disabilities.

Displaying the permit

  • Permits must only be used when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder.
  • The permit only needs to be displayed when parking under the above conditions.
  • Permits must be clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the exterior of the vehicle.
  • Hook permits must be removed from display before the vehicle is driven. This is to ensure the permit does not obscure the vision of the driver.

Misuse

A person must not display or allow a permit to be displayed other than to transport the holder of the permit, or if the permit is issued to an organisation, for the transport of a person with a disability to whom the organisation provides services.

Cancellation

An Australian disability parking permit may be cancelled if the holder of the permit is no longer eligible for the permit or if the holder of the permit is convicted of misuse.


Related information

Other websites

Australian disability parking scheme - Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Contact

Service SA customer service centre
Phone 13 10 84


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Page last updated: 29th September 2014