Parking in Australia

Rules and regulations regarding parking on streets and car parks in Australia...

When parking in Australia, check the road signs to ensure that the vehicle is parked correctly. Failure to abide by the signs may result in receiving a parking ticket. There are a few signs to be aware of when parking, which include:
  • No Stopping, where motorists may only stop due to the traffic conditions; for example, queuing for traffic lights
  • No Standing, where motorists may not park a car unless they remain in the vehicle and for no more than three minutes
  • No Parking, where motorists must not leave the vehicle unattended. Picking up and dropping off permitted if done within two minutes.  
Parking signs in Australia may specify multiple times, places, durations, restrictions and vehicle categories in a condensed form on a single sign. Letter P signs are 'permissive' parking signs where parking is permitted for the time specified. A guide to the most common parking signs is below:
  • '1/2P', '1P', '3P': Vehicles can be parked here for half an hour, one hour, or three hours
  • '15 minute', '20 minute', '45 minute': Vehicles may be parked here only for the specified number of minutes
  • 'P' (no number): Permissive parking zone
  • Arrow: Instructions apply to the space left or right of the sign, depending on the arrow's direction
  • '630AM-730PM Mon-Fri': Vehicles may be parked here only at the specified times - in this case, between 06:30 and 19:30 from Monday to Friday
  • 'Ticket': A parking ticket must be bought at a nearby vending machine, and displayed inside the windscreen on the passenger side
  • 'S' behind a diagonal red line within a red circle: No stopping
  • 'bus zone' / 'loading zone': Only buses or goods vehicles may stop here
  • 'permit zone': Only vehicles with a valid council permit may be parked here
A sign (or section of a sign) with '1P', '9AM-530PM Mon-Fri', '9AM-12Noon Sat' and an arrow pointing to the left indicates that drivers may park to the left of the sign for one hour between 9:00 to 17:30 from Monday to Friday, and between 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturday. Payment for parking is generally taken at parking machines close to where the car is parked, and is usually based on an hourly rate. Some car parks still have a parking attendant, but the majority will have payment machines on site. Most major metropolitan areas have a parking app to pay via smartphone. Parking fees are generally quite expensive in order to encourage the use of public transport. Parking enforcement is the responsibility of the police. Illegal parking can result in a fine or having the vehicle towed away.   Disabled parking
Australia has its own system for parking and therefore the European blue badge does not apply. Vehicles displaying a valid Mobility Parking Scheme Authority badge can park in disabled parking areas. Holders are exempt from parking fees at metres and may park in permissive parking areas for a certain period of time.