UNSW Parking Rules

UNSW is regulated under the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Australian Road Rules 2014. Signs are displayed at all entrances to the campus. All vehicles must only park in a marked bay. Please abide by the UNSW Sydney Parking Rules below as well as the RMS Parking Rules. 

The UNSW Restricted Parking Scheme covers the Kensington, Paddington, Randwick and Western Campus car parks. These rules apply 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Any motor vehicle parked in any of the car parks mentioned above must display a valid UNSW Parking permit or have a current parking session with CellOPark. The type of permit indicates the areas where the vehicle may be parked. Vehicles are to park in marked bays only. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a parking infringement being issued.

Roadways and parking areas within UNSW are "Roads and Road related areas" for the purposes of the NSW Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999. Traffic and parking controls are enforced to provide orderly and equitable management of limited resources to the UNSW community.

Drivers on campus must observe the road rules as they would in any public street. Drivers of vehicles in the University grounds shall obey traffic signs, road markings and all instructions from Security Officers.

Please note: Security Officers working in a capacity of monitoring parking at UNSW are equipped with sound and video recording devices for safety purposes.

UNSW is a Shared Zone and pedestrians have the right of way at all times.

Vehicles must not travel more than 10km/hour whilst on campus.

The speed limit on all UNSW campuses is 10km/hour.

Parking is prohibited on roadways (outside of marked bays), footpaths, grassed and landscaped areas.

Driving on footpaths, grassed and landscape areas is prohibited.

In instances where the nature of works makes it essential to park a vehicle on the roadside (outside of a marked bay), footpaths, grassed or landscaped areas, approval  must be sought and obtained by emailing Security and Traffic Management Parking Office.

If approved, barriers must be placed around the work area and the work registered on Schedule of Events (SOE) by emailing Security Services.

UNSW 24/7 Permit holders may park in any "UNSW Permit Holder" marked bay. Parking in casual visitor bays all vehicles must have a current session with CellOPark. UNSW 24/7, After Hours and One Day Parking Permits are not valid for parking in 2P or 4P.

Parking outside a marked bay or contrary to the sign displayed is an offense against the Motor Traffic Act. All vehicles must park wholly within marked bays and must not utilise more than one parking space. Parking a vehicle on UNSW property is a privilege, not a right, and is made available only under the policies established in these current University Parking Rules.

A UNSW Parking permit does not guarantee a parking space. Parking spaces are available on a 'first-come' basis. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these rule.

A UNSW Parking permit signifies an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on University property. Ownership of the parking permit remains with the University. Permits may not be transferred. Failure to comply with any parking rule is a breach of the permit and entitles the University to cancel the permit. A refund would be payable at the discretion of the University.

Possession or use of a lost/stolen permit or a forged/altered permit is a criminal offence and can result in a fine. One Day Parking permits must be displayed according to the parking rules or special instructions provided on the permit and by Security and Traffic Management at the time of issue.

Parking permits are not considered valid unless clearly and correctly displayed on the vehicle. Permits are issued and valid per calendar year.  

Permits are available to students, employees, and persons working for UNSW.

To purchase a permit, you will need to provide proof of vehicle ownership.

If you are a UNSW student, who is employed by UNSW as a casual, you will be eligible for a permit if you can demonstrate you work for 20+ hours/week. 

If you are employed by UNSW as a casual, but you are not a student, you do not need to prove minimum hours to apply for a permit. 

The Parking Office will verify your employment status with the administrative officer in the Faculty/School/Department before approving your permit.

UNSW Permits must be affixed to the inside bottom corner of the windscreen. The permit must be in clear view, and not behind window tinting. Permits must not be taped onto the windscreen or folded on the receipt.

One Day Parking Permits must be clearly displayed on the dashboard, following the instructions on the permit. Casual Visitor Parking for students and visitors to campus must register, pay and have started a current parking session with CellOPark. 

To cancel a staff permit, paid for by salary deductions, you are required to return the permit with a completed Parking Permit Deductions Cancellation Form to the Security & Traffic Management office located on Level 2, Mathews Building.

The form must be returned in person, or by registered mail only, to be received by the Parking office no later than midday on Wednesday the week before pay week. A temporary permit may be issued for one week if required.

Parking permit fees for upfront payments are not refundable. 

Accessible parking bays are available for persons holding and clearly displaying a valid RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit. Mobility permit holders may park in any unreserved bay on campus, as per the RMS conditions.

Reserved Mobility parking bays are marked “RESERVED PERMIT NUMBER XX” and are not available to other Mobility permit holders.

The Mobility permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder. It must not be used to visit or run errands for the permit holder, when that person is not being transported. Heavy fines apply for stopping in spaces reserved for people with mobility permits or using a permit in a way that infringes its conditions of use. Fines also apply if you have a permit, but do not display it on the vehicle when stopping or parking in a reserved space.

Misuse of a RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit or possession and use of lost/stolen or forged/altered permits is a criminal offence and can result in a fine.

Mobility parking restrictions are in effect 24/7.

Casual Visitor parking is available to visitors, staff and students in designated areas (note: students are not eligible to purchase a One Day Parking Permit). One Day Parking Permits must be displayed on the dashboard of vehicles with the day, date and month scratched from the permit.

Faculties, schools and departments may pre-purchase One Day Parking permits from Security and Traffic Management to distribute at their discretion to visitors.

One Day Parking Permits are only valid when parking in a UNSW Permit Holder Bays.

One Day Parking Permits are not valid in 2P, 4P, Reserved, or Loading Zone bays.

Reserved Zone Permits are available to:

  • currently employed as Head of School, or a full-time Professor, of the University 
  • academic, professional and technical staff on equivalent salary package
  • faculty vehicles (not personal use vehicles)
  • individuals with a RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit, fees apply.

Reserved Zone permit holders will be reviewed annually. Application for reserved zone parking permits must be made to Security and Traffic Management and is subject to the above criteria and availability.

Free parking is available only to the following who have a formal non-salaried appointment:

  • visiting academics
  • conjoint academics (except Medicine conjoint)
  • adjunct academics
  • honorary academics
  • emeritus professors
  • chaplains

All applicants must have written authorisation official documentation verifying their status.

The After Hours parking permit is available to staff, students and any visitor requiring access to the University between the hours of 3.30pm and 7.30am Monday to Friday.

Short Term Staff or Contract to UNSW staff are eligible to use a weekly UNSW Parking Permit (8 weeks or less) or a One Day Parking Permit.

Motorcycle parking is free and only valid when parked within areas marked ‘Motorcycle Bay’. The parking of motorcycles is restricted to these designated areas only.

Bicycle parking is only available in designated bicycle racks on campus. Bikes that are not parked in designated bicycle racks (eg chained to light poles, railings, fences etc) will be tagged with a warning by Campus Security. If the bike is not removed within 48 hours it will be impounded by Campus Security.

For location of bicycle racks and shower facilities on the Kensington Campus go to the Bicycle Racks and Showers map.

If your bike is stolen on campus, please report it to Campus Security Services on 9385 6000.

All delivery vehicles must park in designated Loading Zone bays when delivering to UNSW campuses. Special arrangements for bulky and large deliveries may be made via the Parking office if required.

Parking is not permitted outside buildings, on footpaths, slopes, next to fire hydrants, driveways and not next to continuous yellow roadway markings.

On application, a second UNSW 24/7 Parking permit for an additional vehicle belonging to the same household is available for a fee, for the same period of time as the original permit.

Only one vehicle may be parked on the campus at any one time.

UNSW is currently trialling License Plate Recognition (LPR). Additional measures are being introduced to ensure that the second permit is not misused, such as a more comprehensive registration process and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.

UNSW has a strict Code of Conduct for staff and students, and abuse of parking privileges may be considered a breach of this Code resulting in disciplinary action.

Note: The additional permit does not apply if two or more members of the same family are employed or study at UNSW.

If the vehicle is in a different name and or address, a signed letter of authorisation to use the vehicle, from the vehicle owner is required. The letter should indicate that the owner is not a staff member or a student at UNSW. Registration papers need to be presented to the Parking Office.

To avoid a parking fine, notify the Security & Traffic Management Office, if you change your vehicle or registration plate, damage or lose your permit, or are driving a loan/hire care or other vehicle. 

If you lose or damage your permit, or require a replacement permit, this can be printed on request.  Vehicle registration or insurance papers must be presented for identification.

If your vehicle is registered under a different name and address, you will need to present a Letter of Authorisation signed by the vehicle owner. The Letter needs to state that while the owner is not a UNSW staff or student member, they authorise you to drive their car to UNSW. You will also need to present the vehicle's registration papers.

Temporary UNSW Parking permits are available from the Parking Office, free of charge, when primary vehicle is off the road for a short period of time or being repaired. Contact the Parking Office to arrange for a temporary permit.

No liability is created by the granting of parking or vehicle operating privileges on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the University.

  • The University assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of vehicles or contents while operated or parked on University property.
  • The responsibility for finding an authorised parking space rests with the driver. Lack of parking space, mechanical problems, inclement weather conditions or other causes are not considered valid excuses for violation of these parking rules.
  • Failure of the University to strictly enforce any parking rule shall not be construed as a waiver for the future enforcement of the rule.
  • An individual is responsible for infringements issued to vehicles registered in his/her name, his/her family or his/her University unit. UNSW will not pay for infringements issued on or off campus, including when undertaking university business.

Parking on slopes and or outside of a marked bay is not permitted at any time. Fines apply. 

These rules are correct at the time of publishing. Changes may be made without notice.