To make parking on campus fairer and easier for all, the University of South Australia will roll out a new electronic pay-as-you-go parking system from Tuesday, 29 March 2016 using the latest technology 'Parki', provided by Care Park. 

Physical permits will no longer be issued for parking, Virtual Permits (V-Permits) will be used and utilise ‘Licence Plate Recognition’ (LPR) to ensure monitoring of all car parks. All users will need to abide by the Parking Guidelines. 

Staff members can apply for Reserved and Unreserved Parking through the Parking V-Permit Portal which will be processed by Care Park. Staff wishing to salary sacrifice their parking will have option to do so through the application. 

Staff and Students who pay daily parking at Magill and Mawson Lakes campuses will now no longer need to visit a parking ticket machine and have change in your pocket.

Visitor parking is available on the Magill and Mawson Lakes campuses. Visitor parking instructions are available on the Magill Visitor Parking Map and the Mawson Lakes Visitor Parking map.

You can simply download and use the Parki App on your phone.  There are no physical tickets, the system uses the Registration number of your vehicle.   ‘Licence Plate Recognition’ (LPR) technology will be used to ensure monitoring of all car parks. LPR scans vehicles Licence plates ensuring that they have all been registered in the system and a valid parking session has been commenced. Failing to do so will result in the registered owner of the vehicle receiving a parking infringement notice.  All users will still need to abide by the Parking Guidelines.

The UniSA Parki App can be downloaded from the App Store for Iphone and Google Play for Android.  Once downloaded it’s free to register or use, but you’ll need to select a payment method to pay for your parking. This is by direct debit via your credit/debit card.  If you don’t have a compatible phone you can still pay for parking at one of the pay-by-plate machines located in two locations on both the Magill & Mawson Lakes campuses.

For Pay By Plate machine support or Parki App support please call 82123422 or email

City campus parking (City East and City West)

City East and City West do not offer on-campus parking. You can park anywhere in the city through metered or free on-road parking and/or commercial off-road parking. Check out the City of Adelaide’s guide to transport to find available commercial car parking in the CBD.

Parking spots close to campus can be limited and may cost around $4 an hour to $15 a day (for early bird parking). For cheaper or free parking, you may have to park further away from your campus and the CBD.

Access parking

Access parking for people with a Disability Parking Permit is available on all campuses, including the city campuses. Both council disabled parks and also disabled parks which are provided by the University can be accessed. Find out more.

Motorcycle parking

In order to encourage the use of transport which has a less adverse impact on the environment, motorcycles may be parked on University grounds without cost. Applying for UniSA parking is still required and is issued free for motorcycles (staff and/or students).

Staff and students can apply for motorcycle parking  via the Online V-Permit Parking Portal. V-Permits are valid for the year of issue. Incomplete applications will not be processed.  A Motorcycle V-Permit entitles the holder to park on University grounds in designated motorcycle areas. For more details visit Parking Guidelines

The use of physical Permits will no longer be used. Vehicles will now be monitored by Licence plate recognition. It is essential when applying for parking that you give the correct registration number of your vehicle(s)

Want more information? Check out the University of South Australia Parking Guidelines.

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