Pay parking commenced in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton on Wednesday 1 October 2014. The hours of parking operation are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

The introduction of pay parking aims to prioritise spaces for visitors to the national institutions and will assist with ongoing parking management on National Land.

The National Capital Authority manages the pay parking arrangements on behalf of the Australian Government, including the enforcement of breaches of parking regulations. The National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 establishes the National Capital Authority as the administering authority for enforcement of parking regulations on National Land.

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.†

Click here for maps on where pay parking applies on National Land.