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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 a disability parking permit in South Australia if you are person who:

  • has a temporary or permanent physical impairment
    and
  • speed of movement is severely restricted by the impairment
    and
  • the ability to use public transport is significantly impeded by the impairment.
  • In the case of a temporary physical impairment, the impairment is likely to endure for more than 6 months but is not likely to be permanent.

Organisations providing transport services to at least four people with disabilities may also apply for a disability parking permit.

How to apply - individuals

1. Application form

Complete the form MR256 application for an Australian disability parking permit 745.9 KB.

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  MR256A form for an organisation requiring an Australian disability parking permit. 125.2 KB

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

Holders of permanent disability parking permits (including organisations) are sent an invitation to renew their permit approximately six weeks prior to the expiry of the permit.

A disability parking permit can be renewed by the following methods:

  • Telephone 13 10 84 (payment is made via credit card).
  • Mail the renewal letter to GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001 with the appropriate fee (cheque or money order only – no cash).
  • Present the invitation to renew at any Service SA customer service centre with the required fee.

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.

Temporary disability parking permits cannot be renewed.

Replacement permits

If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, a replacement can be obtained by completing an MR256B application for a replacement disability parking permit 131.9 KB and:

There is no fee for a replacement disability parking permit.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.

Disability parking permits:

  • are valid if the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder.
  • are valid for organisations providing transport services to people with disabilities.
  • 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: 19th November 2014