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Government Services

Disability Services Overview

An overview of the support available for people with a disability, their families and carers including the initial contact points for more information.

Self-Directed Support

The department is moving towards a more self-directed approach where people with a disability have more flexibility and control of the supports they choose.

Individual Support Packages

Individual Support Packages are funds allocated to a person to meet their disability related support needs. Includes information on eligibility criteria and application procedures.

Help living at Home

Outreach support provides up to 15 hours per week of home and community based support so that individuals with a disability can receive assistance.

Community life and Jobs

This section offers information on supports that may assist you to become more independent and encourage you to participate in your local community.

Accommodation

Supported accommodation is an accommodation solution for people with a disability who require rostered support and is targeted to people with the highest support needs.

Aids & Equipment

The Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) provides people with a permanent or long term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, home, and vehicle modifications.

Specialist Disability Services

This section offers information on specialist supports to assist people with a disability, their families, carers and support providers in matters relating to behaviour intervention or the criminal justice system, involving people with a disability.

Carer and family support

This section offers information on the different types of supports available for families of children with a disability and carers of adults with a disability.

Your Rights

The Victorian Government actively promotes the rights of all Victorians, including people with a disability.

 


 

Victorian Disabled Persons Parking Scheme

Permanent Disability Parking Permits

Category One:

To be eligible for a category one permit:

  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability and they cannot access a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or they are required to use a complex walking aid* that prevents access to a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or
  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has either an acute or chronic illness in which minimal walking may endanger their health, or
  • a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist must confirm that an individual is an extreme danger to themselves and others in a public place without assistance by a carer.

*A complex walking aid is defined as an aid which has more than one contact point with the ground.

Category Two

To be eligible for a category two permit:

  • A Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness which does not affect their ability to walk, however they require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken.

Temporary disability parking permits

Temporary permits will be issued to an individual ability to walk is significantly restricted on a temporary basis and is not likely to improve within six months.

Organisation disability parking permits

Organisations transporting individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are required to complete a separate application form. Eligible organisations will receive a permit for 12 months.

Types of disability parking permits

Within the categories one or two, councils may issue permits as follows:

  • Code A – for a driver or passenger who has a significant intellectual or ambulatory disability
  • Code B – for a passenger who has a significant intellectual or ambulatory disability
  • Code C – for organisations transporting individuals with a disability
  • Code D – for a temporary permit

A significant intellectual or ambulatory disability that is not likely to improve in an individual’s lifespan (Code A or Code B).

A significant long-term ambulatory disability that is not likely to improve within six months (Code D).

Parking for permit holders

A disability parking permit does not entitle the permit holder to free parking, unless stated on the permissive parking sign. Parking can differ from one local council to another and permit holders should always check the permissive parking sign.

A disability parking permit allows permit holders to park wherever there is a green or blue "permissive parking sign" such as these:

        Green 1 PGreen PDisabled Park Green

A disability parking permit does not allow permit holders to park where there is a red restrictive parking sign such as:

Zone RedClearway RedBus Zone RedNo Standing RedNo Parking RedLoading Zone sign Red

Category one (blue) and category two (green) permit holders are entitled to park for twice as long as indicated by a permissive parking sign (under Road Rule 206). The initial parking fee would have to be paid, but that payment would cover twice the length of time than it would for a non-permit holder. e.g. in a 1P parking bay upon payment of the initial parking fee for 1 hour the permit holder may park for up to 2 hours.

In addition, category one (blue) permit holders may park in reserved disability parking bays displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA), to which a permissive parking sign applies.

Please take particular care when parking in car parks not displaying permissive parking signs, as parking concessions might not apply. For example car parks that require payment on exit are generally operated by contract rather than by using permissive parking signs under the Road Rules, and the amounts they charge for parking will apply equally to all users.

 


 

How to Apply for a Disability Parking Permit

Applying

Application forms are available from your local council. Permits will only be issued to residents living in the council area.

The first part of the application form must be completed by the individual or someone on their behalf. The remainder of the application form must be completed by a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities, or a Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities.

The completed form must then be returned to your local council. The individual or someone on their behalf is responsible for any fees incurred in the completion of the form.

If an individual is eligible for the scheme you will receive a copy of the "Conditions of Use" with the permit.

Please contact your local council if further information is required or to apply or renew a disability parking permit.

Permit Renewal

Individuals or organisations will be issued with a permit with a date of expiry. Permit holders should contact their local Council prior to the permit expiry date to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Lost/Stolen/Damaged Permits

If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, the permit holder should contact their local Council to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Permit Cancellation

A permit is valid until the date of expiry and Council may cancel at any time for wilful misuse or breach of the “Conditions of Use”. Councils may impose penalties for misuse of the permit.

Refusal of an Application

If an application is refused, the council must give its reasons for the decision in writing and reconsider the application if a second opinion is sought from another Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist.

Travelling Interstate

Australian Disability Parking Permit from Queensland

Victorian disability parking permits are recognised in all Australian states and territories. Parking concessions may be different in other states and territories and individuals should check the conditions applying to the disability parking scheme in the relevant state or territory. Information is available on theAustralian Disability Parking Scheme website(External link).

Permit holders from interstate displaying the Australian Disability Parking Permit or the Queensland ‘red permit’ will be recognised in Victoria.

Interstate visitors

Australian Disability Parking permit holders may park in reserved disability parking spaces displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA) for the specified time only, and may also park in ordinary parking bays for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable).

Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors are advised to bring a current permit with them when travelling to Australia.

In Victoria, a temporary permit for a holder of an overseas disability parking permit may be arranged, before arrival, through VicRoads. Apply at least one month prior to arrival by email, facsimile or by post, enclosing a copy of your overseas parking permit together with dates of arrival in, and departure from Australia, and the address when first arriving in Australia.

Email: disabledparking@roads.vic.gov.au

This temporary permit will be recognised throughout Australia, subject to local regulations being followed in states and territories.