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Have your say - review of eligibility criteria for ACROD Parking

Woman using disability transport

12/02/2020

The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services, announced yesterday that the McGowan Government will undertake a review of the eligibility criteria for an ACROD Parking Permit in Western Australia. 

The review will also consider ways of working with private property owners, such as shopping centers, to ensure ACROD parking bays are used appropriately.

NDS manages the ACROD Parking Program in WA and supports more than 90,000 permit holders to access the community through the program. 

NDS State Manager, Julie Waylen said the review would ensure the ACROD Parking Program continued to meet the needs of the community and build an inclusive WA.

"The ACROD Parking Program provides a vital service for people with severe walking restrictions by ensuring they can access the community and go about their daily lives, whether that might be going to work or attending a doctor’s appointment or catching up with a friend," Ms Waylen said.

"This review will ensure the eligibility criteria is inclusive, contemporary and designed to provide ACROD parking bays for those who need them most.

"We also recognise that demand for ACROD parking bays often outstrips supply and consequently we have advocated for quite a while now about this. We are very supportive of the need to have a stronger monitoring and fines enforcement regime for the misuse of bays on public and private property and continue to call for an increase of the number of bays in the community as specified in the Building Code of Australia." 

NDS encourages members and people with disability to provide comment and feedback by emailing or by phoning the Access and Inclusion team at the Department of Communities on 9440 2251.

For further information view Minister Dawson’s Media Statement here and NDS’s Media Statement.

Contact information
Jane Cousins, Project Lead - Access and Inclusion, 08 9208 9830,