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Applying for a Disabled Persons (APP) Parking Permit.

Victoria is transitioning to the new Accessible Parking Permit (APP) scheme and online administration system.

Council is participating in a pilot of the new APP scheme and online system, this means that our residents and organisations who require a new permit or need to renew or replace a permit will need to apply with the new application process.

The new APP scheme and online system will streamline the application process, making it easier and more consistent across the state. The new permit also will better align with the COAG 2010 Australian Disability Parking Permit Scheme (ADPS).

Improvements to the Scheme include:

  • Introduction of temporary permits for 6, 12 or 24 months;
  • Increased permit length from 3 years to 5 years for individuals;
  • Introduction of a permanent disability classification, so reassessments are not required for future permit renewals;
  • A new single and secure state-wide permit design that will reduce the misuse of permits;
  • The inclusion of occupational therapists as assessors, in addition to GPs;
  • Double Time (green permits) and permits for organisations, which continue under the new scheme.
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How to Apply

Individual Applicant - New permit/renewing a permit

  1. Start your application online www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au
  2. You will receive an application reference number via SMS*
  3. Take your reference number to your GP or occupational therapist
  4. Your GP or occupational therapist will complete an online assessment and submit your application
  5. Your local council will review the application
  6. If your application is successful, you will receive your permit in the mail

* A paper-based version of the application is available for people with no access to mobile phone numbers or the internet. Please contact our customer service centre if you require a paper form.

Organisation - New permit/renewing a permit

  1. Start your application online www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au
  2. You will receive an application reference number via SMS and email
  3. Your local council will review the application
  4. If your application is successful, you will pick up your permit at the council

Replacing an existing permit individual applicant and organisations

  1. Start your replacement application online www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au
  2. You will receive a replacement application reference number via SMS and email
  3. Your local council will review the application
  4. If your application is successful, you willl pick up the permit from your Council

FAQs

Application Process

How do I apply for a disability permit?

Parking permit applications are now managed via an online process on the Accessible Parking website www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au

You can go directly to www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au to start a new application or to renew or replace an existing permit.

There are three steps in applying for a permit:

  1. Start your application online
  2. Take your reference number to your doctor or occupational therapist to complete the application
  3. If your application is successful, you will receive your permit in the mail.

If your application is not successful you will receive a letter explaining why your application was declined.

Can I pick up the permit from the council?

YES. When completing your application, you can choose to pick up your permit from our council Customer Service Centres.

How long does it take to get a permit?

From the time the Council approves the outcome it will take approx. 7 to 10 business days to arrive in the mail. However, these times may vary depending on demand of Australia Post.

What if I don't have internet access or physically can't complete the online application?

Your carer, family, a friend, GP or council customer service staff can help you if you require assistance or have no internet access.

Can I use a paper form instead?

A paper-based version of the application is available for people with no access to mobile phone numbers or the internet; however, the online process provides a faster outcome. A paper application is available from our council Customer Service Centres.

Can I or my GP use old application forms to apply for a permit?

NO. As part of disability parking scheme update, clearer assessment questions were developed in consultation with medical practitioners, to allow GPs and occupational therapists to assess mobility issues against the criteria. Some questions on old forms are no longer valid and do not align with the new scheme's requirements.

Dispute Resolution

I didn't get a permit because I didn't meet the eligibility criteria

If you believe your GP or occupational therapist has incorrectly assessed your mobility issue or medical condition, you may seek a second opinion from a different GP or occupational therapist.

This is done by starting a new application with the functional assessment undertaken by a different medical practitioner.

I received a double time permit when I wanted an Australian Disability Parking Permit

Permit type is determined by criteria assessment and not someone's personal preference or request. An applicant's mobility issue is the sole determent of permit type.

It is important to remember that there is a hierarchy of needs within disability parking. People who require extra space to get out of a vehicle or whose medical condition restricts walking to less than 100m are given priority.

If you believe your GP or occupational therapist has incorrectly assessed your mobility issue or medical condition you may seek a second opinion from a different GP or occupational therapist.

This is done by starting a new application with the functional assessment undertaken by a different medical practitioner.

How do I dispute my disability parking permit outcome?

If you wish to dispute the eligibility criteria of the scheme or scheme operation you can request an explanation of the basis of the eligibility of the criteria and scheme operation from VicRoads. You can contact VicRoads at info@accessibleparking.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 965 677.

Scheme changes

Why was the scheme changed?

The Disability Parking Permit (DPP) Scheme in Victoria was last updated in 1995 and does not align with the Australian Disability Parking Scheme. The scheme was administered by each of the 79 different Victorian councils. Each council interpreted the scheme differently and had individual administration processes. That lead to confusion within the community as well as the potential for inequitable outcomes for applicants and opportunity for the misuse of permits.

The updated scheme continues to be administered by the 79 Victorian councils but the process for applying for and renewing permits is more streamlined. The new APP Online Service provides community members with an easier application process and misuse of permits will be reduced, freeing up disability parking bays for the people who really need them.

What are the main differences with the new Scheme?

The Accessible Parking Permit (DPP) project aims to streamline the permit application and renewal processes, clarify eligibility requirements, and introduce systems and tools to improve management of permits across Victoria.

Changes being made include:

  • Permit holders who have been medically assessed as having an agreed permanent disability will no longer have to return to their medical practitioner for reassessment as part of the permit renewal process
  • The permit duration will be increased from three years to five years for individuals (with non temporary permits)
  • The permit application and renewal processes will be streamlined with applications to be submitted through a new state-wide digitised system
  • Permits will adhere to a standard, highly secure permit design rather than 79 variations which currently exist
  • The name of the scheme will be changed from 'Disabled Persons Parking Scheme' to 'Accessible Parking Permit Scheme'

The following features will be retained:

  • Green Permits/Category 2 Permits will continue to allow a permit holder to park for twice the permissible time in an ordinary parking bay
  • Those with significant intellectual disabilities are eligible for a permit.

Have the eligibility criteria changed?

The overarching eligibility criteria has not changed however the wording and the process by which a medical practitioner assesses a patient's mobility or medical condition has.

Do I need to apply for a new permit?

You will need to apply for a new permit when your permit expires.

Can I keep using my existing permit?

Existing permits can be used until their expiry date.

Transitioning to the APP scheme and online service

I was previously told I don't need to see a GP - why do I need to see one now?

Permit applications were managed by 79 councils and this led to a range of variations in application processes and outcomes, including variations in process for people with permanent disabilities.

The APP Scheme has updated the questions GPs and OTs will use to asses eligibility against the scheme. Every applicant for a permit will need to be assessed at least once by a GP or OT using the new application process and criteria questions.

GPs and OTs will have the ability in this new assessment process to categorise someone as having a permanent disability. This will mean they will no longer require a functional assessment to renew their permit.

I was previously eligible for a permit but was not after applying for a renewal, why?

As part of disability parking scheme update, clearer assessment questions were developed in consultation with medical practitioners to allow GPs and OTs to assess mobility issues against the criteria. This related to both space requirements to exit and enter vehicles and the impacts of walking distances may have on an applicant's health. Previously questions were open to a broad interpretation. They are now more aligned with assessing against the scheme criteria.

I used to have a blue permit. Now I have a green. Why is this?

The allocation of Reserved Bay (Blue) and Double Time (Green) permits is determined by outcomes of a mobility assessment. Permit applications were managed by 79 councils. This led to a range of variations in application processes, assessments and outcomes including variations in how green permits were or weren't allocated.

As part of the disability parking scheme update, clearer assessment questions were developed in consultation with medical practitioners to allow GPs and OTs to assess mobility issues against the criteria. This related to both space requirements to exit and enter vehicles and the impacts of walking distances may have on an applicant's health.

Previously questions were open to a broad interpretation. They are now more aligned with assessing against the scheme criteria. This is why you may now have a Green Double Time permit rather than an Australian Disability Parking Permit (formerly known as the Blue permit).

I am a parent of a disabled child, why can't my partner and I have a permit for each car?

The conditions of use for an accessible parking permit only allow for an individual to hold one permit. Permits are assigned to individuals, not vehicles. This was also a condition of the old scheme.

It is recognised that this will create inconvenience and difficulties for some people who share responsibility for caring for someone with mobility issues. However, this needed to be weighed against the potential for permit misuse, where people can hold multiple permits.

Why can't I get a permit on-the-spot anymore?

Permit administration, printing and distribution is now managed through one central process, which does not require a visit to your local council to process a form. Once your medical practitioner has undertaken your functional assessment it should take 10-15 days for your application outcome to arrive in the mail.

Why does my GP or OT not know the outcome of my assessment?

Your GP or OT will answer a range of questions that assess eligibility for a permit against the criteria. The answers to these questions determine your eligibility. Prior to the assessment outcome being known, your local council will check your application against any know duplicate permits or previous cancelled permits. It is only after this assessment step is the outcome of your application determined and you are advised by mail.

Why can't my GP or OT decide if I get a green or blue permit?

Permit type has always been determined by functional assessment against set criteria questions and not personal preference or request. GPs and OTs are required to answer criteria eligibility questions, the responses to which determine permit eligibility and permit type.

Still need help?

If you still need assistance with your application or have questions on changes in the new APP Scheme, contact us by calling 1300 366 244, by email or in person at one of our Customer Service Centres.

Permit types and eligibility

There are two types of Accessible Parking Permits for individuals, each has different eligibility requirements and parking entitlements. You do not select the permit you want. The answers provided in the functional assessment will determine what permit, if any, you are eligible for.

 

Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permit

An ADP Permit holder is entitled to park a vehicle in a reserved disability

parking bay for the time displayed on the parking sign, or park a vehicle in any ordinary parking bay for twice as long as the time displayed on the parking sign.

A person may be eligible for an ADP permit if:

  • you have a significant mobility impairment that requires you to use a mobility aid or device that makes a normal parking bay too small to allow you to get in and out of your vehicle. or
  • you have an acute or chronic medical condition associated with a mobility impairment that means minimal walking of up to 100 metres causes you to stop several times due to severe pain, extreme fatigue or balance disturbance. And may endanger your health acutely or in the long term. or
  • you have a significant cognitive, behavioural orneurological impairment which means you are unable to independently mobilisesafely without the continuous support of a person (or carer).

 

Double Time (DT) permit

A DT permit is unique to Victoria and as such can only be used in Victoria.

A DT permit holder is entitled to park a vehicle in any ordinary parking bay for twice as long as the time displayed on the parking sign.

You may be eligible for a DT permit if you have the ability to walk more than 100m but have a significant mobility impairment or severe illness that means you need to take regular rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken.

This page was last published on: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

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