UNSW parking rules

Vehicle use and parking 

1. Right of way
It is University policy that pedestrians always have right of way on its campuses and properties.

2. Speed limit
The speed limit on UNSW roads is 10km/hour.
3. Driving off marked roadways
Parking or driving across footpaths and grassed or landscaped areas is prohibited. In instances where the nature of works makes it essential to locate a vehicle on landscaped areas, permission must be sought and obtained from Security and Traffic Management. Barriers must be placed around the work area and the work registered with Security Services.

Note: No mobile equipment or vehicles are to be left parked on slopes.

Parking rules

The UNSW Restricted Parking Scheme covers the Kensington, COFA, Randwick and Western Campus carparks. 

Any motor vehicle parked in any of the car parks mentioned above must display a valid UNSW parking permit or a pay and display ticket. 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 notice.

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 traffic 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 pedestrian priority area and vehicles must travel at no more than 10km/hour.

1. Parking Areas
  • UNSW permit holders may park in any appropriately marked bay and may only park in pay and display meter bays on payment of the designated fee.
  • Non permit holders may only park in pay and display metered parking bays.
  • Vehicles must only park in marked bays and obey all Motor Traffic Authority and UNSW signs. Parking outside a marked bay 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 of a motor 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 a rule.

2. Restricted parking area
UNSW is a Restricted Parking Area. Rules are in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

3. Parking fees
All fees paid under these rules are non-refundable, including salary deducted sacrificed parking permits.
4. Permit ownership
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. Day permits or pay and display tickets must be displayed according to the parking rules or special instructions provided by Secuirty and Traffic Management at the time of issue.

Parking permits are not considered valid unless displayed correctly on the vehicle. Permits are issued between 1 January and 31 December each year.

5. Permit types
Permits are available to students, employees and persons connected with UNSW. Permits are issued to persons who meet set criteria, i.e. they are owners of the vehicle and can present car registration papers or other documentation as proof of ownership.
6. Placement of permit
Permits must be affixed by the glued backing paper (not adhesive tape) to the inside right hand bottom corner (driver’s side) of the windscreen. The permit must be in clear view, and not behind window tinting. 

Day permits and pay and display tickets must be clearly displayed on the dashboard.

7. Cancelling a permit
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 no later than midday on Wednesday the week before pay week. A temporary permit will be issued for a week if required.
If for any reason you are unable to return the permit, we request a completed Statutory Declaration form stating that you will not be driving your vehicle (include registration number) on to UNSW campus and that you are unable to retrieve the permit.  

8. Mobility parking
Parking spaces and signs that show the symbol for people with disabilities are for use by vehicles displaying valid permits only. For all other vehicles, the disability symbol has the same effect as a ‘No Stopping’ sign.

The Mobility Parking Scheme permit and Australian Disability Parking Permit must be displayed together in the vehicle, and only when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder.

A reserved disability parking space may be made available to permanent full-time staff or students with a valid RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit and Australian Disability Parking Permit upon applications to the Security and Traffic Management office. Fees apply. Reserved bays are marked: 'RESERVED PERMIT NUMBER XX.' 

Casual staff and visitors displaying a current RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit and Australian Disability Parking Permit may park in designated disability parking spaces without a reserved sign, as well as UNSW Permit Holder bays or metered bays.

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.

9. Visitor parking
Faculties, schools and departments may pre-purchase day permits from Security and Traffic Management to distribute at their discretion to visitors. Day permits or short-term pay and display metered parking is available to all visitors and staff in selected areas (note: students may not use day permits). Day permits must be displayed on the dashboard of vehicles with the day, date and month scratched from the permit.
10. Reserve parking
Reserved Zone Permits are available to: 
  • currently employed full time Professors of the University
  • academic, professional and technical staff on equivalent salary package
  • faculty vehicles (not personal use vehicles)
  • individuals with a RTA mobility parking scheduled permit - type A: Permanently Disabled Driver. Please see Point 9 - Disabled Parking above. 

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.

11. Free parking
Free parking is available 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 authorization official documentation verifying their status.

12. After hours parking
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.
13. Casual parking
Casual parking is available to casual employees, short term contract staff and the temporarily disabled drivers using a weekly permit (8 weeks or less) or a one day permit.
14. Motorcycle parking
Free motorcycle parking is available in areas marked ‘motorcycle bay’. The parking of motorcycles is restricted to these designated areas only.
15. Bicycle parking
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.
16. Pay and display tickets
Pay and display tickets may be purchased from dispensing machines in certain areas. These tickets allow full or part day parking on the date of issue in the designated area the ticket was purchased. Tickets are not transferable to another area. The ticket must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard in accordance with the instructions on the ticket.
17. Additional vehicle

On application, a second 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 brought onto the campus at a time. We are currently trialling Licence Plate Recognition. 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.

The additional permit does not apply if two or more members of the same family are employed 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 & Transport Office.


18. Change of vehicle

A replacement permit is issued on application, free of charge, after the existing permit is returned to the Parking Office. Vehicle registration or insurance papers must be presented for identification.

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 need to be presented to the Parking Office.

19. Temporary Hire Vehicle

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).

20. University liability

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.

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