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.
The speed limit on UNSW roads is 10km/hour.
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 FM Assist. 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.
The UNSW Restricted Parking Scheme covers the Kensington, COFA, Randwick and Western 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 park ed. 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.
- 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.
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 FM Assist 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.
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.
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.
To cancel a staff permit, paid for by salary deduction, 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. 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.
A reserved disabled 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 marked disabled parking bays without a reserved sign. Parking for temporarily disabled staff or students may be available on application to FM Assist. The RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit must be issued in the name of a person travelling in the vehicle at the time of parking at UNSW.
Misuse of a RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit or possession and use of a lost/stolen or forged/altered permit is a criminal offence and can result in a fine.
Faculties, schools and departments may pre-purchase day permits from FM Assist 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.
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 FM Assist and is subject to the above criteria and availability.
Free parking is available to:
- emeritus professors and unpaid visiting fellows.
All applicants must have written authorization official documentation verifying their status.
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.
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.
Free motorcycle parking is available in areas marked ‘motorcycle bay’. The parking of motorcycles is restricted to these designated areas only.
Bicycle parking is only available in designated racks. Click here for the location of bicycle racks and showers on the Kensington Campus.
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.
On application, a second permit for an additional vehicle 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.
A replacement permit is issued on application after the existing permit is returned, free of charge. Vehicle registration papers or other documentation must be presented for identification.
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.
These rules are correct at the time of publishing. Changes may be made without notice.