1. UNSW is a Restricted Parking Area

The UNSW Restricted Parking Scheme covers the Kensington, Paddington, Randwick and Western Campus car parks.

These rules are in effect 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 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 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.

2. UNSW is a Shared Zone

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.

3. Speed Limit

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

4. Driving on Unmarked Roadways

Parking or driving any mode of vehicle across footpaths, grassed and landscaped areas is prohibited.

In instances where the nature of works makes it essential to park a vehicle on landscaped areas, permission must be sought and obtained by emailing Security and Traffic Management Parking Office.

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

5. Parking Areas

UNSW 24/7 Permit holders may park in any "UNSW Permit Holder" marked bay. Parking in metered bays all vehicles must clearly display one valid pay and display ticket on the vehicle dashboard. UNSW 24/7, After Hours and One Day Parking Permits are not valid for parking in metered bays.

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.

6. 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. One Day Parking permits or pay and display tickets 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 between 1 January and 31 December each year.

7. Permit Types

Permits are available to students, employees and persons working for UNSW. Permits are issued to persons who meet set criteria, i.e. they are owners of the vehicle and can present vehicle registration papers or other documentation as proof of ownership.

8. Placement of 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.

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

9. 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.

Parking permit fees for upfront payments are not refundable. 

10. Mobility Permit Parking

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.

11. Visitor Parking

Metered parking is available to all visitors and staff in selected areas (note: students may not use One Day Parking permits). 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 metered, reserved or Loading Zone bays.

12. Reserve Zone 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 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.

13. Free Parking

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.

14. 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.

15. 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 Parking permit.

16. Motorcycle Parking

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.

17. 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.

18. Meter Pay and Display Tickets

Meter Pay and display tickets may be purchased from dispensing meters on campus. These tickets allow full or part day parking on the date of issue in the designated and signed area the ticket was purchased.

Tickets are not refundable.

Tickets are not transferable to another area.

One valid meter ticket must be clearly displayed on the vehicle dashboard in accordance with the instructions on the ticket.

19. Deliveries and Parking in Loading Zones

All delivery vehicles must park in designated Loading Zone bays when delivering to UNSW campuses. Special arrangements 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.

20. Additional Vehicle

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 trialing 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 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.

21. Change of Vehicle

For UNSW Parking permit owners who change their vehicles, 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.

22. Temporary Hire Vehicle

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 being repaired. Contact the Parking Office to arrange for a temporary permit.

23. 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. UNSW will not pay for infringements issued on or off campus, including when undertaking university business.

24. Disclaimer

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