Australian Disability Parking Scheme 

Key Elements

This budget measure will fund a one-off payment for the production of a national disability parking permit. This permit will replace the more than 100 disability parking permits currently in use across Australia.

The measure will also fund the implementation of new nationally consistent eligibility criteria and concessions to reduce the barriers for permit holders when travelling interstate.

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme delivers on a Rudd Government election commitment


The Australian Disability Parking Scheme is a practical measure to harmonise disability parking across states and territories within Australia. It will improve social inclusion and participation opportunities for people with disability.

There are currently around 800,000 disability parking permit holders nationally. State and Territory Governments and some local governments have responsibility for administering disability parking within their jurisdiction.


A working group including representatives appointed by Transport, Roads and Local Government Ministers and the Australian Government has been working since 2008 to develop nationally consistent eligibility criteria, concessions and a national permit design.

This budget measure will support the implementation of key deliverables for the new Scheme by the end of 2010. These include a national permit design and a consultation strategy, communication framework, website, guidelines and state and territory implementation plans.

Total Government Funding

$3.0 million over the three years to 2011-12.

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