Driving and parking

For students, staff and visitors who need or wish to drive, UNSW provides a limited number of on-campus car parking spaces. To apply for a parking permit or for any queries please contact Security and Traffic Management (parking@unsw.edu.au). 

Western Campus Car Park Changes (beside NIDA)

Transport for NSW have temporarily occupied approximately 70 spaces on the Western Campus carpark (near NIDA) as part of the CBD and South East Light Rail Project construction works. 

Acciona will occupy this area of the carpark until 2018.

Acciona construction crews will use the compound as a site office, as well as for meal breaks and vehicle storage. Generally, no heavy vehicles will service the compound and no construction materials will be stored there. There is likely to be an increase in private vehicles parking in the local streets near the Western Campus carpark. Learn more. 

Parking at UNSW Kensington

Parking on the University campus is free only when parked in a marked bay: 

  • outside of the permit hours of 7.30am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday
  • on weekends
  • on public holidays (not UNSW holidays). 

Remember: Valid parking permits must be displayed in accordance with the UNSW Parking Rules between the hours of 7.30am and 7.30pm Monday to FridayUNSW is a Restricted Parking Area and parking is only permissible in marked bays. Parking outside of a marked bay is strictly prohibited and will incur a fine. 

To assist with the management of UNSW permits, Security and Traffic Management is trialling Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology.

Please ensure that your registration plate number matches the registration number printed on your permit. If you are driving a different vehicle, please visit our office with the new registration papers so your details can be updated on the system and a new permit issued.

Click here to view campus locations and parking maps. Click here to view UNSW's parking rules. 

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Staff parking permits

Staff parking permits payable by fortnightly salary deductions, are available to continuing UNSW Full Time staff, Part Time staff, or Fixed Term appointment staff who are on 12 months or longer contract.  All other employment status payment is required to be made up-front. If you wish to apply for a parking permit please visit Estate Management's Security and Traffic Management counter (Lvl 2, Mathews). They will advise you on the most economical and suitable parking permit for your requirements. Parking permit fees for all UNSW campuses are a private expense and must not be paid by UNSW.

Parking permits paid by salary deduction are salary sacrificed. Make sure you bring your:

  • Vehicle registration papers
  • Staff number
  • Completed Parking Permit application form.

If the vehicle is in a different name and or address, a signed letter of authorisation to use the vehicle, from the vehicle owner, indicating that the owner is not a staff member or a student of UNSW, plus the registration papers, needs to be presented to the Parking Office.

Casual staff members who are not UNSW students may apply for parking. We will need to verify your employment status with the administrative officer in your faculty, school or department. Students who are employed at UNSW for more than 20 hours a week are eligible to purchase a permit.

Parking Permit Application - Upfront payment 
Fulltime Staff Parking Permit Application Salary Deduction form 
Fulltime staff Parking Permit Salary Deduction Cancellation form

If you are driving a temporary hire vehicle, while your primary car is in repairs, please contact the Parking Office to organise a temporary permit (no charge).

Student and visitor parking permits

All day casual parking is generally available on the top floors of the Barker Street (Gate 14) and Botany Street (Gate 11) car parks. Sometimes this parking may not be available due to various other demands. Short-term, paid 2P (2 hour) parking is also available via most entrance gates.
Students and visitors may purchase after hours parking permits. They are valid from 3.30pm to 7.30am, Monday to Friday. Note: PhD students are entitled to 24/7 parking permits either per semester or annually. To apply, please take your student card and vehicle registration papers to Estate Management's Security and Traffic Management counter (Lvl 2, Mathews).

Contractor parking
  • All contractors and subcontractors who wish to park on campus are required to purchase a UNSW parking permit. Permits for daily, weekly or annual parking can be purchased upon presentation of a contractor identification or site induction card and registration papers.
  • Day parking permits issued by Security and Traffic Management are valid for “UNSW Permit Holders Only” bays, and the day, date and month must be clearly scratched to coincide with the day the permit is used. The permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle and comply with the conditions of use printed on the permit.
  • Loading zones are available for the period of time marked on the sign. Contractors are expected to offload the materials required then move immediately to permit or casual ticket parking.
  • Applications for extended time on a loading zone can be made during office hours – contact parking@unsw.edu.au. Outside office hours, contact Security and Traffic Management – 9385 6000.
  • Permission will only be given if the work can’t be completed unless the contractor has access to the vehicle.

Parking when accompanied by small children

There are two designated ground floor parking spots for staff and students who are accompanied by children and using prams or strollers. One is located on the ground floor of the Botany Street multi-story car park and one in the Barker Street multi-story car park. To park in these bays, child restraint seating must be visible to Security Parking Officers.

Accessible parking and access

A reserved accessible parking space may be made available to staff or students with a RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit. Reserved bays are marked “RESERVED PERMIT NUMBER XX” and are not available to visitors. Visitors displaying a current RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit may park in unreserved visitor accessible parking bays.

Download a detailed map showing accessible access and parking options on Kensington Campus.

Parking infringements

UNSW is regulated by the RMS' Restricted Parking Scheme, linked to the Self Enforcing Infringement Notice Scheme (SEINS) and operated by the NSW Government Revenue NSW (formerly SDRO). Parking infringement notices are issued on UNSW campuses by Security Parking Officers. 

Vehicles must park within marked bays only and drivers who park contrary to any parking signs, or who fail to comply with directions given by UNSW Security Parking Officers, or who do not hold a UNSW authorised parking permit, may be issued an infringement having the same force in law as infringements issued by police. 

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

If you are issued with a parking penalty notice, you have 21 days to pay the penalty in full, or to contest the notice in Court

You can visit http://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/fines/ to:

  • Request a review: Seek leniency based on certain circumstances or if you believe an error has been made.
  • Have the penalty decided in Court: To have the matter determined by a court, you must complete and submit a court election form. 
  • Or contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118.

For internet payments and more information visit: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au