Victoria is transitioning to the new Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Scheme.
From Monday 22 March 2021, the City of Greater Dandenong transitioned over to the new APP Scheme. Residents and organisations who require a new permit, if you have never had one, will need to apply using the new online scheme.
If you have a current Council-issued permit, you can continue to use it until it expires. Then you will have to move over to the new Scheme.
Improvements to the Scheme include:
- Introduction of temporary permits for 6, 12 and 24 months,
- Increased permit length, from 3 years to 5 years for individuals
- Introduction of permanent disability classification, so reassessments are not required for some people's future permit renewals
- A new single and secure state-wide permit design that will reduce the misuse of permits,
- The inclusion of occupational therapists as assessors, in addition to GP's, and
- Double Time (green permits) and permits for organisations will continue under the new scheme
Using your permit
- You can use a permit in any vehicle that the holder of the permit is traveling in.
- A non-permit holder must not use the permit unless they are parking the vehicle to allow the permit holder to get in or out.
- You must clearly display the permit on the front dashboard. Parking enforcement officers must be able to clearly see the permit expiry date and permit number from outside the vehicle.
Disabled parking bays are available in the multideck carparks in Thomas Street and Walker Street. However, they are are 'limited access' parking bays and you must pay a fee to use one.
Types of permits under the APP Scheme
Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permits for individuals
An ADP permit can be used Australia-wide, and allow the permit holder to:
- park a vehicle in an accessible parking bay for the time displayed on the sign, or
- park in a standard parking bay for double the time displayed on the parking sign.
There are three types of ADP permits for individuals:
- Category A: Allows the permit holder to be the driver or passenger in a vehicle
- Category B: Allows the permit holder to the be the passenger in a vehicle
- Category D: Temporary permits, issued for six, 12 or 24 months.
You may be eligible for an ADP permit if a GP or occupational therapist assesses you and determines that:
- you have a significant mobility impairment that requires you to use a mobility aid or device
- a standard parking bay isn’t big enough to allow you access to and from a vehicle
- you have an acute or chronic medical condition such that minimal walking (up to 100 metres) causes you to stop several times because of pain, extreme fatigue or imbalance
- because of a significant cognitive, behavioural or neurological impairment you can’t safely walk without the continuous support of a carer or support person.
Double Time (DT) permits for individuals
A DT permit allows the permit holder, as the driver or passenger, to park in a standard parking bay for double the time on the parking sign.
DT permits are unique to Victoria and aren’t recognised interstate.
You may be eligible for a DT permit if a GP or occupational therapist assesses you and determines that you have a significant mobility impairment or illness which:
- affects your ability to walk more than 100 metres, and
- means that you need regular rest breaks while walking, and
- a standard parking bay is big enough to allow you access to and from a vehicle.
Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permits for organisations
Organisations may be eligible for an ADP permit if it provides transport services for people with significant mobility or cognitive, behavioural or neurological impairments.
The following vehicles are not eligible for a parking permit:
- buses (a vehicle which seats more than 12 people, including the driver)
- commercial passenger vehicles (a vehicle used to transport people for a fare or other consideration, eg. taxis, rideshare apps, limousine services)