Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Parking in 2021
What’s different about parking in 2021?
With staff and students beginning to transition back to our campuses,
When do I need to pay for parking?
The requirement to pay for parking will resume at the Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses from Monday, 15 March 2021. Fees apply Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
How do I apply for a new 2021 permit?
You can apply online for vPermits for 2021 from Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Previous vPermit users: if you previously had a vPermit, you will need to log into your account and apply for your new permit. If you've forgotten your password, you can reset your password here or via the 'Forgot password' prompt.
New vPermit users: register your information at VPermit. Once registered, apply for your vPermit.
I logged in to vPermit to purchase a new one for 2021, but there are no permit options available, why?
Permits for 2021 will be available in the vPermit system from Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Why did my salary deducted vPermit from 2020 get cancelled?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and majority of staff working from home in 2020, salary deducted vPermits from 2020 were cancelled. Permits will not roll over into 2021 and staff who require a vPermit in 2021 can apply for one from Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Why do I need to apply for a new salary deducted vPermit, doesn’t last year’s permit roll over to 2021?
No. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and majority of staff working from home in 2020, salary deducted vPermits from 2020 have been cancelled. With staff beginning to transition back to campus or working flexibly, you may no longer have a requirement for a vPermit, so permits will not be rolled over into 2021.
If you require a new vPermit in 2021, you can apply online from Tuesday 2 March 2021. Visit Transport Central to apply for your permit.
I’m a staff member and have applied for a salary deducted vPermit for 2021, when will I notice the deduction in my pay?
When purchasing a permit through salary deduction, the first deduction will be for a full fortnight i.e. the first deduction will not be pro-rated even if the permit is purchased towards the end of the current pay period.
The first salary deduction for 2021 will take place on 26 March 2021 and will cover parking fees from 13 March to 26 March (inclusive).
If I purchase my salary deducted vPermit before 15 March 2021, will I be paying for parking before then?
No. The first salary deduction for 2021 will take place on 26 March 2021 and will cover parking fees from 13 March to 26 March (inclusive).
I cancelled my vPermit last year, what do I need to do?
If you cancelled your vPermit yourself (i.e it wasn’t cancelled for you by the University) and intend to park at the Melbourne or Bendigo Campuses, you will need to apply for a new vPermit for 2021, or use the casual parking options available.
Why don’t I get paper infringements on my windscreen anymore?
From 2021, parking infringements will continue to be mailed out however infringement notices being placed on vehicle windscreens will cease. This aligns with the parking infringement system requirements in Victoria, which is highly regulated.
Do I need to pay for parking at the Melbourne Campus?
Anyone parking on the campus between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, parking at the Melbourne Campus is free.
How do I buy a parking permit/ticket?
At La Trobe, we have a range of permit and payment options no matter how frequent you park. All options are ticketless which means you don’t need to display a ticket.
Permit Parking - recommended for full-time and part-time staff and students parking regularly.
- Available via vPermit (or virtual permit).
Casual Parking - for hourly or daily, pay-as-you-go parking. These options are suited to staff, students or visitors parking casually:
- CellOPark Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) is an easy alternative to parking meters which allows you to pay via an app, phone or online - only pay for the time you park.
- Pay-by-plate parking meters are a ticketless system using your vehicle registration - pay hourly or daily.
For more information on parking permit types, visit Parking at the Melbourne Campus.
How much does parking cost?
Visit Fees and Permits for more information on fees for permit and casual parking options.
Which is the best parking option for me?
The best parking option for each individual will vary from person to person. For example, for Alex who drives to Uni 5 days a week, the best option would be an annual or 6 monthly vPermit - either white or red. For Ali, who drives to Uni 3 days a week for classes, the best option would be an annual or 6 monthly vPermit.
Please visit Parking at Melbourne to review the parking options available. You can also contact one of our traffic and parking staff if you would like more assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9479 2017.
Is there parking for people with disabilities?
All car parks have spaces available for people with a disability. To use a parking bay reserved for people with disabilities, a valid parking permit for people with a disability must be displayed.
Do I need a permit to park my motorcycle?
Motorcycle parking is free in areas reserved for motorcycles in Car Park 3 and the Visitor's Car Park. Motorcycles may also be parked in any general (white) car parking bays with the purchase of a valid parking permit.
Does my permit have reciprocal rights across other campuses?
Melbourne permits can be used at the Melbourne Campus. They are also valid for parking at the Bendigo Campus in the white general parking bays only.
Bendigo permits can only be used at the Bendigo Campus. Bendigo permit holders that are required to travel to the Melbourne Campus in a personal vehicle (in line with the Travel Management Policy) will need to have a valid Melbourne Campus vPermit or use the casual parking options at this campus (CellOPark Pay-As-You-Go or Pay-by-Plate parking meters). Visit Parking at the Melbourne Campus for more information on permit and casual parking options.
Where can I park?
There are over 7,000 car parks spaces available at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus. Please refer to this map for parking locations.
Do La Trobe Fleet Vehicles (branded vehicles) require a parking permit?
What other transport options are there to get to uni?
There are a number of options available to get to uni including public transport such as trams buses, carpooling and cycling. Please visit Transport Central for more information.
In addition, the University has contributed significant funds to improving public transport and will continue to work in partnership with government to improve public transport options to our campuses.
Whilst we are continually in discussions with government, our local members and other members of parliament, we also encourage staff and students to contact their local member requesting improved PT services to La Trobe University.
How do I buy a vPermit?
- Register online at vPermit
- Select your role - STUDENT / STAFF / OTHER (La Trobe Melbourne staff/students, Contractors and anyone who does not have a @latrobe.edu.au email address)
- Create a password to register. Do not use your La Trobe password
- Once registered, log in to purchase a permit and complete payment details
- You can log back in to vPermit at any time to update your details
For more information on using vPermit, read this step-by-step guide.
I created a profile in vPermit but have not received the registration email?
It can take up to fifteen minutes for the registration email to arrive and it may go to your junk/clutter mailbox. Please do not try to register repeatedly.
What types of permits are available?
There are different types of permit available:
- White General Permits – Valid in all white bays around campus. Available as the following options:
- 6 Month Permit* – Jan 1 to June 30 OR Jul 1 to Dec 31
- 12 months* – Jan 1 to Dec 31
- 90 Day Permit (staff only) – 90 days from date of purchase
- Red Permits – Valid in all non-reserved red bays around campus
- Reserved Red & Black Permits - For staff that have been assigned a specific parking space. Eligibility criteria apply
*Note: 12 & 6 Month Permit validity is not related to the date of purchase. Check start/end dates carefully before purchasing.
How can I pay?
- Students can pay by Credit/Debit Card.
- Staff (incl. La Trobe Melbourne Staff) can pay by Credit/Debit card or Salary deduction (part time and full time staff only).
- When selecting your permit ensure you choose an option with “fortnightly deduction” in the description.
- Permits purchased via salary deduction will be automatically activated.
- Salary deduction will be ongoing with no need for renewal and will discontinue when you cancel them.
- When purchasing a permit through salary deduction, the first deduction will be for a full fortnight i.e. the first deduction will not be pro-rated even if the permit is purchased towards the end of the current pay period. If the permit is cancelled at a later stage, the pay period in which the permit is cancelled will not be charged.
- Annual fee increases to permits will automatically be applied to the fortnightly amount deducted.
- La Trobe Melbourne students can pay by Credit/Debit Card at the I&O Service Desk, Building CS1.
Note: You must register and apply for your vPermit before making payment. Students must present student identification as proof of eligibility for the student permit rate.
My permit says “Pending”. What do I do?
Contact the Traffic & Parking Office on 9479 2017 or email@example.com
My permit says “Pay in Person”. What do I do?
Please pay at the I&O Service Desk, Building CS1. Remember to take your student ID.
How do I add another vehicle/rego to my permit or update my rego?
You can register up to 3 vehicles but can have only 1 vehicle as your "active" vehicle at any one time. The active vehicle is the vehicle you are driving and parking that day - if you change vehicles, you need to activate the other licence plate.
To add another vehicle, or update your registration:
- Log into VPermit (via the website or download the app on Apple or Android devices)
- Select “My Vehicles”
- Select “Edit Vehicles”
- Update details as required.
- Make sure the correct registration is highlighted green as “active” before exiting
For more information on how to update your vehicle registration details, read this step-by-step guide.
I purchased the wrong permit type/ I misunderstood the permit validity dates. Can I request a refund?
No. Please check the details of your permit carefully before completing the payment process.
How do I cancel, renew or extend my permit?
Cancelling a permit:
- Log in to vPermit
- Select “My Permits”
- Select “Cancel”
For more information on how to cancel your vPermit, read this step-by-step guide.
Renewing or extending a permit:
Permits purchased by salary deduction will be ongoing with no need for renewal and will discontinue when you cancel them.
All other permits may be renewed after your current permit expires by logging in to vPermit and purchasing a new permit.
Can I get a refund for cancelling my permit?
No. Extenuating circumstances may be considered. Please submit request to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
How do I register for CellOPark?
- Download the CellOPark app from iTunes or Google Play.
- Online (https://www.cellopark.com.au/Site/)
- Register by phone on 03 9111 1799.
- Once you're registered, you can start parking straight away.
It’s free to register. CellOPark will only charge you for your parking session, there are no additional charges unless you opt for the premium service, which includes an SMS reminder when your parking is about to finish.
How do I pay?
You can pay for parking by app, phone or online using your credit/debit card or CellOPark pre-paid cards available from the La Trobe University Student Union located in Agora West.
How do I use CellOPark?
Once registered you can start a parking session and then let CellOPark know when you are leaving. There are three easy ways you can do this:
- Via the CellOPark app: open the app, select your location, car park zone number, your active vehicle and then slide to START. Slide to STOP when you leave.
- From your mobile phone: call CellOPark on 03 9111 1799 and follow the prompts to start your session. Call again to stop your parking. Note that Caller ID must be enabled when you call CellOPark.
- Online: log in to your account via the CellOPark website and follow the prompts to start your session. Log in again to stop your parking session.
You can START and STOP your parking session with any one of the above methods or a mix of them.
How much will it cost to call and activate/deactivate my parking session?
Standard call and data charges apply. Please contact your mobile phone provider for further details.
When will I get charged for my CellOPark parking transactions?
What if I forget to end my parking session when I leave the car park?
In car parks 2A, 2B and 2C a daily flat rate will apply so you won't need to end your session each day and won't be charged any extra. If you park in any of the other car parks and forget to end your session, you won't be charged more than the daily capped rate.
What if I select the wrong zone?
If you select the wrong zone you may be fined, so if you park in different areas make sure you double check you've picked the right one.
What if I leave the campus during the day?
If you park in car parks 2A, 2B and 2C where a daily flat rate applies, you won't need to end your session and can return to these car parks on the same day.
If you park in the other car parks where the hourly rate is charged by the minute, you should end your parking session before leaving the campus. You will need to start a new session when you return.
Can I use CellOPark PAYG parking if I'm just visiting the campus once?
Yes, visitors can register with CellOPark and pay by app, phone or web.
Where can I get more information and assistance about CellOPark Pay-As-You-Go parking?
Pay-by-Plate Meters (Ticket Machines)
What are Pay-by-Plate meters?
Pay-by-Plate parking meters are a ticketless system with no need to return to your car to affix a paper ticket. Hourly and daily car parking is available from Pay-by-Plate meters for parking in general (white) car parking bays.
How do I use the Pay-by-Plate meters?
Pay-by-Plate meters are located in Car Parks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9 and Visitors Car Park
- Enter your registration and select the period of parking time required
- Pay by cash (coins only) or credit card
- A receipt will be printed but you do not need to display it
What payment types do the Pay-by-Plate meters accept?
Coins and credit/debit cards only.
What if the Pay-by-Plate meter in my car park is broken?
If the credit/debit card function is not working, you can use coins.
If the machine is out of order you can use a machine in one of the other car parks or CellOPark.
I have a permit, why was I fined?
Parking Infringements may be issued if:
- You forgot to switch over the “active” registration
- You entered your registration letters/numbers incorrectly
- Your vehicle was parked outside of a designated parking bay
- Your vehicle was parked in a bay other than the type shown on your permit
How do I appeal my infringement?
Fines must be appealed in writing to the Darebin City Council. Full instructions for appealing fines can be found on the back of the infringement notice.
How do I pay my fine?
Fines must be paid directly to Darebin City Council. A full list of payment methods can be found on the back of the infringement notice.