Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Certainty for Queensland disability parking permit holders

Joint Media Release with:

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Minister for Transport

All Queenslanders with a disability parking permit will now be able to access local disability parking concessions across Australia.

This means that Queensland’s 100,000 red permit holders, who have reduced mobility, can still access their red disability parking permit parking concessions when they travel interstate.

The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said the announcement is an important outcome for Queenslanders with reduced mobility.

“Queenslanders with a red permit now have certainty and confidence when driving interstate.”

“Disability parking concessions help make life easier for people with reduced mobility to stay connected with their community, reducing walking distances and anxiety when heading to work, visiting the doctor or going shopping.”

Senator McLucas said the Australian Government provided $3 million to support the introduction of the new Australian Disability Parking Scheme.

The scheme follows extensive consultations with stakeholders, including permit holders, medical associations, peak organisations and state, territory and local government.

The Queensland Minister for Transport, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the recognition of red permits across Australia would be welcome news to many Queenslanders, particularly those living near New South Wales who may drive regularly across the border.

“We’ll now have a disability parking permit system that does not recognise borders making it easier for the disabled and those administering the system,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will give people with limited mobility access to the disability parking concessions they need and deserve.”

All disability parking permit holders should check the local rules for parking and obey all other road and parking conditions.

Further information about the Australian Disability Parking Scheme and links to each state and territory disability parking agency are available at