Providing effective transport options to access all ACU campuses are critical for the University, car parking is one transport option. Each of the ACU campuses has different needs and capacity for car parking. Our Central Business District (CBD) campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney have very good public transport options, and the market value of property and car parking is high. Our suburban (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Strathfield) and regional (Ballarat) campuses are not as well served by public transport, so there is a higher demand for car parking. The market value for property and car parking is lower at suburban/regional campuses.
The actual property, capital, access, security and safety costs incurred to operate car parking at all campuses is significantly higher than the current or proposed future charges.
This policy provides a consistent and equitable approach to car parking for staff, students and visitors across all ACU campuses.
The policy outlines operational principles for the management of car parking across all campuses
Unreserved parking is provided by the University for students and staff at suburban and regional campuses.
Hourly/daily public car parking is provided by commercial operators in close proximity to CBD campuses.
Subject to availability, visitor car parking is provided at all campuses and can be booked through Concierge. Honorary appointments can book visitor car parking.
The approach to charging for reserved car parking at each campus is as follows:
No charges apply to suburban and regional campuses, which include Adelaide, Ballarat, Banyo, Canberra, and Strathfield.
Charges will apply at CBD campuses, (Brisbane Leadership Centre, Melbourne and North Sydney) as per Schedule 1.
Charges will not apply to members of Orders who are provided office accommodation by ACU at a CBD campus
The charges for Reserved Car Parking at CBD campuses will be at a rate of approximately 65% of the average local public car parking rates. Schedule 1 presents the charges for reserved car parking.
Charges for car parking at all campuses will be reviewed each year in June, and the results communicated to staff and students by 30 September prior to the effective year.
Reserved car parking is provided (if requested) for staff employed under the Senior Staff Employment Agreement (SSEA) at the designated rate per campus
Staff employed under the SSEA without an allocated car parking space, and who have an infrequent need for parking on campus due a work related business need (e.g. travel between campuses, after hours function) can have access to a temporary parking space on campus, the frequency being no more than once per fortnight.
Reserved parking spaces will be provided without charge for members of Catholic Orders who are based in University campuses, following endorsement by the Vice President.
Continuing and fixed-term staff can apply for reserved car parking on CBD campuses. It is not available to casual/sessional staff.
Disability car parking is provided, at no charge, for staff, students and visitors who hold a current Disabled Parking Permit or a Medical Certificate with immobility needs.
Carer’s car parking can be provided, at the designated campus rate, subject to availability, where the applicant demonstrates a need to provide care to a child, invalid, or disabled family member. To be considered for carer’s car parking, the applicant needs to demonstrate why public transport options are not a suitable alternative.
Reserved parking spaces are allocated to individual staff members and not to organisational budget units, with the sole exception being for University owned vehicles. Payments for reserved parking spaces are made through payroll deductions managed through HR.
Staff members may elect to share reserved parking spaces with another staff member when working part time. However these arrangements will need to be made locally and will require for one staff member to be responsible for the full payroll deduction for the space. Properties & Facilities will register this arrangement although will not seek to create or manage any other aspects.
Car parking allocations and payments may be suspended for a minimum of three months if requested if the staff member is on an extended period of University approved leave. There is no guarantee the same space will be reallocated following a return from the period of leave.
Staff based at suburban or regional campuses who currently have allocated campus car parking and who permanently relocate to a CBD campus will be provided car parking for no charge for a period of one year from the commencement of their relocation.
All Staff, Students and Visitors must obey all car parking policies, procedures, signs and instructions, including instructions by management, security and properties staff.
Car parking on an ACU campus, or ACU provided car parking is always at the risk of the car owner. ACU accepts no liability for any possible damage to vehicles or property.
The Director Properties & Facilities is responsible for the management of car parking.
The Director Properties can at their discretion make a specific allocation of car parking.
The University reserves the right to vary its car parking policy and procedures.
The University reserves the right to manage the allocation of car parking to staff and students as it sees fit.
5. Roles and Responsibilities
Chief Operating Officer is the approval authority for this policy.
Director Properties & Facilities is responsible for planning, implementation and operational aspects of this policy and related principles.
Campus Committee shares campus strategic plans, developments and policies.
This policy will be formally reviewed every two years, however the University may make changes to this policy from time to time.
7. Further Assistance
Enquiries related to this policy can be directed to the Director Properties & Facilities.
Schedule 1: Charges for reserved car parking
Suburban - no charge
Regional - no charge
Melbourne - $125 per fortnight or $15 a day unreserved (effective 1 January 2019)
North Sydney - $125 per fortnight (effective 1 January 2019)
Brisbane CBD - $125 per fortnight (effective 1 January 2019)