Pay parking for Parliament House

October 3, 2013 – 4:17PM

Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

 

The main underground public car park at Parliament House.

The main underground public car park at Parliament House. Photo: Graham Tidy

Visitors to Parliament House – and possibly staff – will have to pay for parking from July.

The decision was announced late Thursday by the presiding officers.

This will affect all staff working in the building as their employers will be liable for fringe benefit tax for free parking in staff carparks.

As a result, pay parking may be introduced in all car parks for the building.

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The Budget decision to introduce pay parking in the Parliamentary Zone and all National Lands from next year created a dilemma for Parliament House which controls its own parking.

If it did not introduce pay parking, the public car park could be swamped by commuters.

The public car park under the forecourt of the building is currently free and limited to three hours.

“Were Parliament House to offer the only free parking in the Parliamentary Zone, we anticipate that the capacity for tourist and other visitors to the building would be severely limited,” a statement by the Department of Parliamentary Services said.

“As a result, the Presiding Officers have decided that pay parking should be introduced for visitor parking at Parliament House.

“It is intended that this would coincide with the NCA’s pay parking introduction on 1 July 2014.

“It is anticipated that these changes to parking arrangements will also have a direct impact for occupants of Parliament House in relation to Fringe Benefits Tax.

“As a result, as well as asking the Department of Parliamentary Services to advise on options for visitor parking in the public car park, the Presiding Officers have also asked DPS to conduct a feasibility study of options to introduce pay parking across all car parks at Parliament House and its precincts.

“DPS has engaged a consultant to assist it to explore the most suitable pay parking models for our environment. DPS will be consulting with key Parliament House stakeholders as part of this work

 

Canberra Times

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