Update 18 June 2021

As the administrator of the Australian Government’s pay parking scheme on National Land, parking fees on National Land will increase from Thursday 1 July 2021.

The daily rate will increase by 50 cents to $15.50 per day. This increase is in line with the increases advised in the federal budget 2018-19.

The hourly rate will also increase by 10 cents from the current fee of $3.30 per hour, to $3.40 per hour.

Pay Parking

The National Capital Authority (NCA) manages the pay parking arrangements in parts of Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton on behalf of the Australian Government including enforcement and breaches of parking regulations. Pay parking aims to prioritise spaces for visitors to the national institutions and assist with ongoing parking management on National Land. The hours of parking operation are from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). 

Current fees

weekly daily  hourly
$72.50 $15.00 $3.30

The National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 established the NCA as the administering authority for enforcement of parking regulations on National Land. NCA parking officers can issue infringement notices to vehicles in areas where it is illegal to stop or park or when parking tickets have expired or been incorrectly displayed. Parking fees go directly to the Australian Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Legislation has also been introduced that makes it an offence to park a vehicle on open space and landscaped areas. This includes access paths, grassed areas and paved surfaces in and around the national institutions, Old Parliament House Gardens, and East and West Lawns. Vehicles driving and parking on open space can impact pedestrian access and safety, and cause damage to the landscape such as tree roots, plants and irrigation infrastructure.


The NCA wishes to advise that pay parking operations are still in force throughout NCA managed car parks and all NCA sites remain open.  

Should the parking operations change the NCA will be sure to update the Community via our social media channels.

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