What is the purpose of the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme?
A statewide Disabled Persons’ Parking Scheme currently operates in Victoria. The Scheme has two categories with varying parking concessions, based on the applicant’s need for assistance.
Applicants with significant intellectual and ambulatory disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria for category one will be permitted to park in a bay reserved for disabled parking only.
Applicants with walking difficulties who require rest breaks when walking will not be permitted to park in these special bays but will be allowed extra time, upon payment of the initial fee, when parking in a green signed area.
These forms can also be obtained from the Phoenix Building (25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat), or can be posted out at your request.
The form needs to be completed and signed by your doctor, and returned to the Phoenix Building, either in person or in the pre-paid envelope. Payment accompanying the form will be processed immediately, and will save delays in having to chase up the fee.
There is a $6.00 fee and the permit is valid for up to two years. The permit will be issued to you and must be clearly displayed in the front windscreen of your car.
Failure to properly display the permit may result in a parking fine.
Code C - for an organization providing transport service for people with disabilities;
Code D - for a temporary permit.
Codes A, B & D apply to both categories.
Who is eligible? (Categories)
A person may hold only one Disabled Person’s
Parking Permit and be eligible for it :
If a Medical Practitioner indicates that he/she has significant ambulatory disabilities such that he/she is required to use a complex walking aid* that prevents access to a vehicle in a standard size parking bay, or he/she cannot access a vehicle in a standard size parking bay (Code A or B).
* A complex walking aid is defined as an aid, which has more than one contact point with the ground.
If a Medical Practitioner indicates that he/she suffers from a condition that is critical or dangerous to their health, which may be either chronic or acute, and affects the applicant’s ambulatory ability to such an extent that walking distances is injurious (as opposed to inconvenient) (Code A or B).
A significant permanent ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve in the person’s lifespan (Code A or B).
A significant long-term ambulatory disability that is not likely to improve within six months (Code D)
If a specialist medical practitioner or clinical psychologist indicates that he/she has a significant intellectual disability such that he/she is an extreme danger to himself/herself and others in a public place without the continuous attendance by a caregiver (Code B).
A person may hold only one disabled person’s parking permit and be eligible for it:
if a medical practitioner indicated that he/she has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness, which does not affect their ability to walk distances but will require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken (Code A,B or D)
A permit holder (driver/passenger) is entitled to park a vehicle in a bay reserved for disabled motorist only, for the specified time only, or may park a vehicle in any green signed area for twice the specified time upon payment of any initial parking fee.
A permit holder (driver/passenger) may park a vehicle in any green signed area for twice the specified time, upon payment of any initial parking fee.