The Diplomatic and Consular Corps is expected to observe parking regulations and to pay fines promptly for any violations. Any vehicle, including those with diplomatic or consular plates, may be towed if it is parked in a way that causes danger to other road users. A consular vehicle parked unlawfully can be towed away in some jurisdictions.
8.3.1 In the ACT
There are a limited number of parking spaces reserved for official use by diplomatic missions, including at the following locations:
- Ten spaces at DFAT’s R G Casey Building (on the forecourt of the main entrance off John McEwen Crescent)
- Six spaces at No. 2 Reg Saunders Way (off Russell Drive, adjacent to R7 North Building) at Defence headquarters
- Five spaces in the courtyard accessed from Riverside Lane, off Ainslie Avenue in Civic.
Vehicles with DC or DX registration plates are eligible to use these spaces.
Members of the diplomatic community should use normal commercial parking facilities for private use.
8.3.2 At Parliament House
There are no reserved parking spaces for diplomatic vehicles at Parliament House. The main public car park is in the forecourt basement (entry from the northern side of Parliament House).
If members of the corps are visiting a Parliamentarian, they may by prior arrangement be permitted to enter and park in the ministerial entry forecourt. To request access to this area, missions are required to provide the following information as far in advance as possible to the host Parliamentarian’s office:
- Name/s of driver/s
- Name/s of passenger/s
- Vehicle/s registration number/s
- Person/purpose of visit.
8.3.3 At airports
Airports in Australia are privately operated. Except at Canberra Airport (see section 184.108.40.206) there are no special arrangements for access to airport parking for missions and posts.
220.127.116.11 Canberra Airport
Canberra Airport has an ‘Express Passenger Pick-Up’ parking area located on the ground floor of the green undercover carpark. In the same carpark, there are five parking bays designated for the exclusive use of the diplomatic corps.
The open-air car park at Canberra Airport is available for up to 10 minutes without charge. Information on charges can be found on the Canberra Airport website.
To purchase a pre-paid access card for the carpark, call the Canberra Airport Customer Service Parking Office (telephone (02) 6275 2226).