Are you planning to travel to cross country soon – be it for holiday, work or to see a loved one? You may be wondering whether you can use your disability parking permit in another state or territory. It’s important to find out about interstate disability parking so that you’re up to scratch on the laws and regulations.
Anyone with a disability parking permit (DPP) knows accessible parking is essential to a smooth trip. Especially over the holidays when parking is scarce in many tourist and family hotspots! This applies whether you’re just popping out of your hotel to grab milk at the local shops or are travelling around seeing the sights.
That’s why we’re answering this question and more in this article. We also cover where to find accessible and pet friendly accommodation, plus some top facts about your DPP.
In this article
So can I use my disability parking permit in another state?
Yes! You’re free to use your permit in another state or territory of Australia. Each one participates in the Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS) – so your permit is recognised nationally.
It’ll provide much the same benefits wherever you are, though this does differ slightly between jurisdictions.
Beyond that, every state/territory has flexibility to offer extra concessions for people who live locally. And remember that parking rules – standard and accessible inclusive – may be a little different between areas too.
We know you want to prep well for your trip, so we’ve listed the DPP links for each state/territory below:
Hopefully this helps you access the interstate disability parking spots you need to make your trip stress-free.
Accessible accommodation for holidays and pets
Want to also know some top holiday spots that cater to varied needs? If so, read on. And if you’re taking your Assistance Dog or pet with you when using your disability parking permit in another state, we’ve listed top destinations that allow companion animals too.
On that, did you know Blue Badge Insurance now offers 25% off Assistance Dog insurance to safeguard your trusted helper’s medical needs. Don’t have an Assistance Dog but do have a beloved furry friend? If you’re a disability parking permit holder, you’re entitled to up to 15% off our pet insurance!
Now, here are some accessible destinations in Australia (and New Zealand, just in case):
- Accessible holiday stays (for the access you deserve to great holiday destinations)
- Pet friendly accessible accommodation (because your Assistance Dog or therapy animal are key)
- Making the NZ travel bubble fully accessible (accessible NZ stays awaiting your business)
- Our favourite wheelchair travel blogs (so you can get tips from seasoned wheelchair users who travel)
- Visiting the beach with a wheelchair (when sun, sea and sand are also part of the mix)
- 4 steps to flying with a Service, Guide or Assistance Dog (in case your trip involves flying)
- Australia’s top 35 best wheelchair accessible restaurants (so you can find the most accessible and comfortable spots to eat)
Also read about travelling with a wheelchair or mobility scooter to ensure you tick the right checklist. And if you’re after comfy and stylish travel-fit clothing, you can’t go past Australian adaptive clothing brands.
Using a DPP in New Zealand
Seeing as Australia and New Zealand have so many reciprocity agreements, you may be wondering if you can use your DPP across the pond. Unlike being able to use your disability parking permit in another state of Australia, the answer with NZ is unfortunately no. However, you can use your DPP to get a temporary New Zealand mobility parking permit from CCS Disability Action.
To do this, you’ll need to present your Australian permit and a valid passport or other form of identification. The temporary permit will be valid for up to 3 months.
Here are the steps on how to obtain a temporary New Zealand mobility parking permit:
- Visit the CCS Disability Action website or call 0800 662 7275 (0800 MOB PARK).
- Provide your name, contact information, and the details of your Australian disability parking permit.
- Provide a valid passport or other form of identification.
- Pay the application fee of +- AUD$18.
- Collect your temporary permit in person or have it mailed to you.
Using a disability parking permit in another state: More info
When you have a DPP, are wanting one or support someone with one, you’ll have questions other than what interstate disability parking is like. So we’ve compiled some answers via the links below to make life easier:
- How to display a disability parking permit in each state
- Accessible parking around the world for international travel
- Why are DPPs different
- Disability parking common questions answered
- Disability parking myths busted
- What you should know about a DPP
- How to get a disability parking permit
- How to renew your disability parking permit
- Why accessible parking spaces are designed the way they are
- App that reports illegal parking
Also watch this video from the Australian Disability Parking Scheme for more DPP info:
Protect your most valuable asset
Now we’ve answered ‘can I use my disability parking permit in another state?’, here’s another big question … Is your converted car or wheelchair accessible car insured? What about your wheelchair or mobility scooter?
Because if it isn’t, your trip could end up a rollercoaster ride no matter how much interstate disability parking is at your fingertips. Imagine your car or mobility equipment getting damaged, stolen or broken when you’re away. Or any time for that matter.
The best time to get insurance is sooner than later. So contact us today to find out more or get a quote.