Parking options on Acton campus

The University offers differing types of parking options to staff, students and campus visitors.

Staff, students, approved affiliate organisations and their staff may park on campus using vPermit if they are eligible to do so.

Visitors and contractors are able to park in Pay As You Go parking zones and Pay & Display zones after paying the appropriate fee to do so. There are a limited number of time limited parking bays at no charge.

Disability parking bays are available across campus for holders of Australian mobility permits.

Parking restrictions apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless stated otherwise. Permit, Pay As You Go, Pay & Display (ticket) and time limited zones are in forced from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted.

Permit parking

Parking permits are available to eligible:

1. Staff

Eligible full-time, part-time and casual staff may apply for and purchase a parking permit. Staff must work more than 10 hours a week to be eligible for a permit and the staff member must be employed for 90 days or more. The minimum period a permit may be purchased for is 90 days.

Full-time and part-time staff may pay for their permit by pre or post-tax payroll deduction. Payroll deductions will continue until the vPermit holder logs in to their account and cancels the permit. A vPermit paid for by payroll deduction cannot be cancelled and re-applied for within two weeks of the cancellation unless approved by the Parking Office.

It should be noted the payroll deduction amount may change on 1 January each year.

vPermits paid for by payroll deduction are paid in arrears and no refund will be made.

Casual staff are not able to have payroll deductions.

Casual and affiliate staff should upload their proof of eligibility letter (MS Word or jpeg format) directly to their vPermit application. The letter should be on letterhead from a business manager or department supervisor and should include the number of hours worked per fortnight and the duration of your engagement. After the letter has been uploaded to your application please note the permit number and contact the Parking Office via email or by phone on (02) 6125 0179 to arrange payment. Your permit will be activated as soon as payment is processed.

Permits are for the sole use of the person they have been issued to. They are not to be sold, tranferred or shared between drivers.

2. Students

To be eligible for a permit students must be enrolled in 18 units or more unless they are able to provide the Parking Office with a valid Centrelink card which may exempt them from this requirement.

Students may pay for their permit on-line, in person at the Parking Office or by noting their permit number and contacting the Parking Office on (02) 6125 0179 to arrange payment. The permit will be activated as soon as payment is processed.

If a vPermit has been cancelled a new vPermit cannot be purchased within two weeks of the cancellation unless approved by the Parking Office.

Permits are for the sole use of the person they have been issued to. They are not to be sold, transferred or shared between drivers.

3. Residents

Resident students are able, after providing proof of residency at an ANU residential venue, to purchase resident parking permits, subject to availability. These permits are only valid in certain areas on campus.

  • Fenner Hall residents may purchase a resident permit to park on level 4 of the Kingsley Street parking station.
  • Toad Hall residents may purchase a resident permit to park on level 4 of the Kingsley Street parking station.
  • Unilodge residents may either purchase a permit to park at their Unilodge residence or on level 4 of the Kingsley Street parking station.
  • John XIII College, Ursula Hall and SA5 residents may purchase a resident permit to park on levels 2 to 4 of the Dickson parking station.
  • Burgmann College residents may purchase a Burgmann resident permit to park in the Burgmann resident surface parking area at the College. Burgmann students may be placed on the Dickson parking station waiting list if the Burgmann residential parking is full, however, students from residential colleges without designated resident suface parking will take precedence.
  • Burton & Garran residents may purchase a resident permit to park in the Burton & Garran resident surface parking at the College.

If there are no available resident parking spaces please send an email to the Parking Office asking to be placed on the waiting list for the relevant resident parking zone.

Alternatively residents may choose to purchase a non-resident parking permit (subject to availability) to park in either the Kingsley, Baldessin or Acton Underhill parking stations.

If a vPermit has been cancelled a new vPermit cannot be purchased within two weeks of the cancellation unless approved by the Parking Office.

Permits are for the sole use of the person they have been issued to. They are not to be sold, transferred or shared between drivers.

4. Reserved/Authorised parking

Reserved/Authorised parking is limited and available only to individuals and departments approved by the University Executive.

Approved individuals may, if eligible, pay for their permit by pre or post-tax payroll deduction. Payroll deductions will continue until the vPermit holder logs in to their account and cancels the permit. A vPermit paid for by payroll deduction cannot be cancelled and re-applied for within two weeks of the cancellation unless approved by the Parking Office. It should be noted the payroll deduction amount may change on 1 January each year.

vPermits paid for by payroll deduction are paid in arrears and no refund will be made.

Permits are for the sole use of the person they have been issued to. They are not to be sold, transferred or shared between drivers.

5. Official Visitors parking

Departments may apply for Official Visitor parking in proximity to their building. If approval of this type of parking is granted, an Official Visitor permit must be purchased and paid for allowing visitors to park in the designated official visitor bay.

The Official Visitor permit must be displayed in the vehicle parked in the designated Official Visitor bay.

Departmental Official Visitor permits are not for use by ANU staff or students.

6. Honorary and Emeritus

The University Executive has advised the criteria surrounding eligibility for honorary parking permits is as follows:

  1. Provide a letter of proof of Honorary or Emeritus status, or confirmation of your status in writing from the Human Resources area of your department or the Human Resources Division and
  2. Have published at least one research paper with an ANU affiliation in the last 12 months and/or
  3. Be supervising a current ANU student and/or
  4. Be a recipient of a current research grant.

Honorary/Emeritus staff should upload their proof of eligibility documents (MS Word or jpeg format) directly to their vPermit application. The letter regarding proof of status must be on letterhead from a business manager or department supervisor, preferably scanned as one document with the follow-up documentation, and uploaded to your vPermit application. After this documentation has been uploaded to your application please note the permit number and contact the Parking Office via email or by phone on (02)61250179 and your permit will be activated.

Permits are for the sole use of the person they have been issued to. They are not to be sold, transferred or shared between drivers.

7. Conference attendees

Conference attendees should contact their conference organiser for advice regarding their parking arrangements. It should be noted, there is a high demand for parking on campus and it is suggested you either car pool, use public transport or a taxi to come to campus.

8. Visitors and Contractors

Visitor and contractor/trade vehicle parking

Parking for visitors to the University is available across the Acton campus in Pay As You Go, Pay & Display and time limited zones.

Pay as You Go (PAYG) parking is charged on a minute by minute basis with no minimum time limit. Drivers using PAYG parking must register with CellOPark before parking. You can find more details about how to use CellOPark and how to park on campus in the Reference Documents to the right on this page.  Alternatively, CellOPark Prepaid Cards are available to be purchased from the Parking Office, Level 1 Anthony Low Building (#124), Garran Road, ACTON, ACT 2601.

It is the driver's responsibility to ensure an active parking session commences when parking on campus - the counter will change from Start(green) to Stop(red) - and that the correct registration number of the vehicle parking on campus is set as active.

Pay & Display parking is charged at an hourly rate with the minimum period able to be purchased being one (1) hour and the maximum up to three (3) hours. Payment may be made using coins or EFTPOS. A voucher must be purchased and displayed on the vehicle dashboard when parking in these parking zones.

Time Limited parking - there are a small number of free time limited parking zones on campus. The time limit ranges from 5 minutes to two hours, depending on the location.

If unable to find visitor parking on campus, you may wish to consider parking in nearby ACT Government paid car parking or in either of the privately operated car parks at City West and 121 Marcus Clarke Street.

Tradesmen working on campus must pay to park using either CellOPark or Pay & Display parking. Please note parking in loading zones is permitted for the time on the sign. If a time limit is not mentioned on the sign, the maximum period a vehicle may park is, in line with the ACT Road Transport (Road Rules) Regulation, 30 minutes.

Visitors to the campus and tradesmen working on campus using Pay as You Go are not eligible to park in certain areas on campus that are reserved for ANU staff and students only. Please refer to the ANU Designated parking areas map.

Official Visitor parking - Some ANU departments have official visitor parking in proximity to their building. Please contact the department you are visiting to determine if this type of parking is available. If available, visitors are required to obtain a permit from the department and display it on the dashboard of their vehicle.

Departmental Official Visitor permits are not for use by ANU staff or students.

How to apply

If you are eligible for a permit please register and apply for a permit online with your University email account i.e. u0000000@anu.edu.au.

If you already have a vPermit account you do not need to re-register. Please Log in to your existing account. If you have forgotten the email address or password please contact the Parking Office on (02)61250179 for assistance.

The minimum period a permit can be purchased for is 90 days.

There is no minimum duration for a staff permit paid for by payroll deduction. Permits cannot however be cancelled if the permit holder will be absent from campus for less than 90 days.

Staff permits purchased via payroll deduction (eligibility criteria apply) will continue until they are cancelled. The fortnightly fee will change on 1 January each year.

If you experience any difficulty please contact the parking office on (02) 6125 0179 or by emailing the Parking Office.

Payment

Full-time staff and students (non-residents) may pay for their permit online via payroll deduction or credit card.

All others, including casual staff, may pay for their vPermit by contacting the Parking Office on (02) 6125 0179 or in person at Level 1, Anthony Low Building (#124), Garran Road, ACTON ACT 2601. Payment methods include:

  • Credit card or debit card (AMEX and Diners Club are not accepted)
  • Cheque
  • EFTPOS
  • Cash

How your vPermit works

Your vPermit is managed online at www.vpermit.com.au/anu.

You may have up to three vehicles registered against your permit but only one vehicle can be nominated as active at any given time. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the correct vehicle is set as active and that the vehicle registration details are correct when parking on campus.

Licence plate recognition software is used to identify vehicles parked on campus.

Please check the current parking fees.

Where can I park?

  • Staff and student surface permit holders may park in Paid Parking areas. For more information, please refer to the permit holders map, How to park on campus guide (PDF 311KB) and ANU Parking Infringements Guide (PDF 2.8MB).
  • Resident students may apply for a resident vPermit allowing them to park in the resident parking zone for their place of residence on campus. There are a limited number of resident parking spaces and residents will be placed on a waiting list should no spaces be available. It doesn’t mean you will be provided with parking when you are offered a residential place at the university.
  • Parking station vPermit holders may park in the parking station they have purchased a vPermit for e.g. a Baldessin parking station vPermit holder may only park on levels 1-3 of the Baldessin parking station. If required, access to the parking station will be added to your University ID card.
  • Motorcyclists may park in designated motorcycle parking bays or purchase a motorcycle parking space in one of the parking stations on campus.
  • Disability permit holders - Free disability parking is available to drivers with a valid Australian mobility parking permit or an ANU (mobility) disability permit. These parking spaces are clearly signposted. Free ANU mobility permits are available to eligible ANU staff and students from either the Work Environment Group (WEG) for staff or Access and Inclusion (A&I) for students.
    When applying an ANU disability permit please upload the letter from WEG or A&I to your vPermit application (word or jpeg). After you have done this please contact the Parking Office on (02)61250179 or at parking@anu.edu.au and your permit will be activated. Should you require a laminated ANU disability parking permit these can be collected from the Parking Office.

Permit cancellation

If you no longer require your permit, log in to your vPermit account, click on My Permits and Request Cancellation.

vPermits paid for by payroll deduction are paid in arrears and no refund will be made.

VPermit holders paying for their vPermit using cash, cheque, credit/debit card or EFTPOS will receive a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of their permit. To obtain this refund please phone (02) 6125 0179 or attend the Parking Office – Level 1, Anthony Low Building (#124), Garran Road, ACTON ACT 2601.