Parking in 2022

When do parking fees resume?

The requirement to pay for parking will resume at the Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses from 14 March 2022. Fees apply at these campuses Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. Parking fees do not apply at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses.

When can I apply for a new 2022 permit?

You can apply online for vPermits for 2022 from 1 March 2022.

  • Previous vPermit users: If you previously had a vPermit, you will need to log into your account and apply for your new permit. You can reset your password if you’ve forgotten it.
  • 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 2022, but there are no permit options available, why?

Permits for 2022 will be available in the vPermit system from 1 March 2022.

Why are the 2022 parking fees changing?

Parking fees are reviewed annually and prices typically increase each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 2022 fees have been updated in line with the 2021 CPI (3.89%). Visit Transport Central for more information on parking fees for any of our permit or casual parking options.

What are the 2022 parking fees?

For more information on parking fees for any of our permit or casual parking options, visit the Melbourne Campus and Bendigo Campus Fees and Permits pages.

When do the 2022 parking fees come into effect? 

The 2022 parking fees will come into effect from 14 March 2022. This is when the requirement to pay for parking at the Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses will resume.

How are parking fees determined?

La Trobe University reviews all fees and charges annually as part of the annual budget process. This review includes parking, alongside services requiring improvements. In addition, during annual reviews, parking services are benchmarked against other providers and other similar Universities.

The University is committed to providing a safe and accessible University community by continuing to improve its facilities, infrastructure and services. Parking fees are reinvested back into the University and enable us to improve our facilities, pathways, safety, lighting, transport and infrastructure on campus and to continue to deliver initiatives such as such the Uni-Safe service.

Where does the money go?

Fees received from parking are reinvested back into the University to improve our facilities, pathways, safety, lighting, transport and infrastructure on campus.

Some recent and important safety improvements at the Melbourne Campus include:

  • Installing 164 new light poles and 260 new lights in residential areas, car parks and central campus locations to improve safety after dark.
  • Constructing a new pathway with LED lighting, CCTV and duress buttons on the western side of the campus, to provide safer and easier access along Car Parks 1 and 2.
  • Building a new pedestrian pathway with lighting to improve access to and from the main campus and the Sports Park. This also included installing a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights on Kingsbury Drive.

When was the last time parking prices went up?

Parking fees are reviewed annually and prices typically increase each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The last time parking fees were increased was in 2020. There were no parking fee increases in 2021.

Will parking fees increase again?

Parking fees will continue to be reviewed annually and may be subject to an annual adjustment in excess of CPI.

La Trobe University has a range of parking options and payment methods for staff and students no matter how frequent you park, and COVID-19 related impacts (such as isolation requirements or working/studying from home) should be factored in when deciding which type of permit is right for you.

Salary deducted vPermits

Why did my salary deducted vPermit from 2021 get cancelled?

In light of the extended lockdown across Victoria in late 2021 and the impact this had on students and staff returning to campus in Semester 2 2021, La Trobe University offered parking permit refunds for students and staff at the Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses. This included suspending all salary deducted vPermits. This year, with many staff still transitioning back to campus or working flexibly, staff may no longer need a vPermit so all salary deducted vPermits from 2021 have now been cancelled and will not roll over into 2022. This provides staff with the option to repurchase a new permit if they choose. Staff who require a vPermit in 2022 can apply for one from 1 March 2022. Visit Transport Central to apply for your permit.

Why do I need to apply for a new salary deducted vPermit, doesn’t last year’s permit roll over to 2022?

No. With many staff still transitioning back to campus or working flexibly, staff may no longer need a vPermit so all salary deducted vPermits from 2021 have now been cancelled and will not roll over into 2022. This provides staff with the option to repurchase a new permit if they choose. Staff who require a vPermit in 2022 can apply for one from 1 March 2022. Visit Transport Central to apply for your permit.

I’m a staff member and have applied for a salary deducted vPermit for 2022, 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 2022 will take place on 25 March 2022 and will cover parking fees from 14 to 25 March 2022 (inclusive).

If I purchase my salary deducted vPermit before 14 March 2022, will I be paying for parking before then?

No. The first salary deduction for 2022 will take place on 25 March 2022 and will cover parking fees from 14 to 25 March 2022 (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 2022, or use the casual parking options available. To apply for a new vPermit, log into your account. You can reset your password if you’ve forgotten it. For more information on casual parking options at your campus, visit Transport Central.

Changes to Red Reserved permits in Bendigo

What is different about Red Reserved parking permits at the Bendigo Campus in 2022?

In 2022, Red Reserved parking permits at the Bendigo Campus are changing. Red parking bays will still remain close and accessible to buildings, however the parking bays will no longer be allocated to individual users. The permits in 2022 will be called ‘Red permits’.

Why are Red Reserved parking permits at Bendigo changing?

With many staff working flexibly, there is no longer a need for parking bays to be allocated to individual users. Changing the Red Reserved parking permits to remove the individual allocation will increase the availability of red parking bays at the campus and create administrative efficiencies.

How do I purchase a new Bendigo Campus Red Reserved permit for 2022?

You can apply online for all 2022 vPermits, including Red permits, from 1 March 2022. Visit Transport Central to apply for your permit.

  • Previous vPermit users: If you previously had a vPermit, you will need to log into your account and apply for your new permit. You can reset your password if you’ve forgotten it.
  • New vPermit users: Register your information at VPermit. Once registered, apply for your vPermit.